Tappan Hill Students Complete Virtual Marathon

Ninety Children and Young Adults Complete Achilles Kids Marathon

For every one-fifth of a mile they walked, children in Denise Hurvitz’ class at Tappan Hill School colored in a square on their Marathon Walking Log. By the end of May, every student had filled in an entire page, meaning he or she had walked 26 miles. A few had finished two logs and were working on a third.      

On May 23, Ms. Hurvitz’ students were among some 90 children and young adults in the Southern Westchester BOCES program at Tappan Hill who completed the final leg of the Achilles Kids Virtual Marathon.

Each class had prepared a paper banner for children to break through at the end of their last lap. They spent a few minutes doing warm-up exercises to “Baby Shark” and other popular songs before they completed the last lap of the marathon. The crowd cheered as children in each class made their way around the school’s circular driveway with the help of staff members.

The Virtual Marathon is part of Achilles Kids: Run to Learn, a free program that integrates physical activity and education. Teachers incorporate geography, social studies, reading and math skills into the program. The goal is to encourage and motivate children with special needs to exercise regularly, gain confidence and have fun.

“I am very proud of the Tappan Hill students and staff. They accomplished the run together as a team,” Principal Phyllis Rizzi said. “They exemplified hope and possibilities, which are the objectives of Achilles Kids.”

Everyone received a free Achilles T-shirt and a medal. After finishing the Virtual Marathon, Tappan Hill students and staff members celebrated with a cake that said “Congratulations” and had an image of sneakers on top.

More than 11,000 kids in over 350 schools in the United States participated in the Run to Learn program this year. Achilles International developed the Achilles Kids: Run to Learn program in 1995.