Wildcat Run

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Obesity is a growing problem for many people in today’s society. A recent CDC report shows nine U.S. states had an obesity rate of 30 percent or higher in 2009, compared to no states in 2000 and only three in 2007, reaching the 30 percent mark.  

Greater Latrobe School District is proactively tackling this issue. Giving opportunities to its students and the Latrobe community to be healthy and fit is an important priority that enables all to live a healthy lifestyle. The physical education department offers a variety of physical education classes, which consist of sport and personal fitness, suiting the interest of every student. Students can even opt to become personal trainers through a national program NETA (National Exercise Training Association), in personal fitness III. All classes use heart rate monitors, which show students the effect of any exercise on their body by measuring their heart rate.   “These help grade students fairly and teach them how their hearts react to physical exercise,” said physical education teacher and race coordinator, Mr. Cremonese.

Outside of class, intramural sports and fitness runs are held. One of these is the annual Wildcat Run. “I feel that last year’s race was a success, with roughly one hundred participants,” said Cremonese, “For the first year, we were pleased with the results, but hope to have a better turnout for this year.”

Eighth grader Jocelyn Cawoski, one of the winners from last year’s run commented, “It was a fun race and I cannot wait to be in it this year!”

This year’s run will occur on Saturday, October 23, 2010, at GLSH. Registration starts at 9:00am, and the 5K and 1 mile run begins at 10:00am. The cost is $15 for pre-registered runners before October 12, and this includes a Wildcat Run t-shirt. Per family, the cost is $30 and extra t-shirts are $5 each. After October 12, the cost is $20 for individuals or $35 for families. If interested, pick up a registration form from Mr. Cremonese or download one from the district website.

“My husband and I both participated as well as our daughter last year,” commented Robin Pynos.  “We are looking forward to doing it again. I hope it becomes a GLSD tradition!”
This race is open to all age and ability levels, as well as all members from the community. The race has many events, including a 5k race (ages 15 and up), 1mile race (14 years and under), ½ mile race (age 9 and under), and a 50 yard Tot Trot (age 6 and under), allowing all to participate in at least one of the events. “We changed a few details in the overall set up of the race, including redesigning the course and eliminating the hill from the rotary field to the practice field at the junior high, making the course overall flatter,” said Cremonese.

Awards will be given to racers in each age group, event, and gender. Every child running the 50 yard Tot Trot receives a participation ribbon. At the end of each event, refreshments will be provided, as well as live musical entertainment at the start and finish of the races.

Along with helping community members and students stay fit, the proceeds from the Wildcat Run will go to Greater Latrobe’s Health and Physical Education Department budget, helping promote lifelong fitness at Greater Latrobe for its students.  “I just want everyone to know that this event is to benefit our students at Greater Latrobe, while also helping promote a healthy lifestyle,” commented Cremonese.

  Single Runner Family
Registered before Oct. 12 $15.00(Includes t-shirt) $30.00
(3 t-shirts)extra t-shirts: $5.00
After Oct. 12 $20.00
(no t-shirt)
$35.00(no t-shirt)
2010 Wildcat RunSaturday, October 23, 2010. Greater Latrobe Senior High School. Registration starts at 9am. 5K and 1-mile begin at 10:00am.