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Miller’s Second Annual Marathon Fitness Challenge is Underway!

by Pat Montain

Miller’s Second Annual Marathon Fitness Challenge is Underway!

This year’s Miller School’s second annual Marathon Fitness Challenge (MFC) is starting to pick up the pace! The MFC is a 16 week incentive based run/walk program. Over 16 weeks, students and their families are encouraged to run or walk an ultimate distance of a marathon (26.2 miles) or a half marathon (13.1 miles).

 The MFC Kick Off led by Mrs. Krauss and Mrs. Montain in February

This year’s MFC started in February with a “kick off” program presented by Wendy Krauss, Miller School’s occupational therapist, and Pat Montain, Holliston’s district wide school-based physical therapist. The purpose of the program was to explain the MFC program, review changes made from last year’s program, and encourage the students to do their best. Since then, students have begun accumulating miles in their Physical Education classes.

Students can log their remaining miles on their own at home. Once a week students can log their mileage on the Miller School website. Ten minutes of walking or 5 minutes of running is equivalent to a distance of one mile. Students can log up to 2 miles per day and 10 miles per week. This program continues until May 29th.

The coveted MFC tee shirt.

Upon completion of the program, students who complete a half marathon will be recognized with a MFC tee shirt. Last year, 104 students met this challenge. Students who complete a marathon distance will be recognized with a MFC tee shirt, medal, and certificate.  Last year, 120 students met this challenge.

The coveted MFC marathon medal

In addition, each class in grades 3, 4, and 5 are challenged to complete the most “average miles per student.”  The class in each grade that accumulates the most miles earns the Golden Sneaker Award, as well as golden shoelaces for each student.  The Golden Sneaker Award stays in the winning classroom until the following year. Last year’s Golden Sneaker Awards were presented to Ms. DiGioia, Mrs. Spino, and Ms. Ryan’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes, respectively. Some races were very close between grades last year. This year should be just as exciting!

The coveted Golden Sneaker Award and Golden Shoelaces

This year’s MFC is funded by the Road Runners Club of America. The Road Runner Club of America has provided each Miller student with a booklet regarding safe running strategies.

If you have a Miller student in your family, or if you know a Miller student, please encourage them to participate in this program. Better yet, go out and participate with them. Physical activity makes everyone a winner!


Last year Mrs. Spino's class won the fourth Grade Golden Sneaker Award. Will her class win again this year?






Comments (3)

Thank you so much for clarifying! My son is working hard on this challenge and I wanted to make sure we were counting it correctly. It's been great motivation to get the family out and moving!

Karen O'Keefe | 2016-04-04 07:06:13

My apologies. The school information is the correct information: .5 mile = a 10 minute walk or a 5 minute run. the information presented in this article is erroneous.

Pat Montain | 2016-04-04 05:59:14

The information above says "Ten minutes of walking or 5 minutes of running is equivalent to a distance of one mile. " Yet the log that we received from school says 5 minutes of running or 10 minutes of walking = 1/2 mile. I'm wondering which information is correct. Thanks!

Karen O'Keefe | 2016-04-04 04:01:02