The look hit most of the kids around the third lap, the “why did I eat that second breakfast burrito this morning” face that is more commonly categorized as “exhaustion.”
On a warm State College day, students had gathered outside of the track behind Corl Street Elementary School for the annual Cougar Cat Run fundraiser.
The idea was simple — instead of hocking wrapping paper or chocolates to friends and relatives, kids in grades K-5 would walk, run or skip around the track, raising $21,000 to be put toward field trips or other special events.
“It’s meant to be something that all children feel they can participate in successfully,” Jen Reutzel, PTO vice president, said.
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It’s meant to be something that all children feel they can participate in successfully.
Her daughter, Sophia, joined other fourth- and fifth-graders inside the gymnasium for warmups before taking the track.
Sophia has participated in four Cougar Cat Runs in her Corl Street career. She anticipated getting a least 10 laps under her belt before ceding the pavement to the younger kids.
“You definitely have to pace yourself because it’s 15 minutes of running,” Sophia said.
Once the hard part was over, Sophia helped the other kids and parents in attendance form a human tunnel, where the second and third graders would make their entrance.
It’s nice that they have them here for a little motivation.
Even the first-graders and kindergartners had to duck underneath the tower of arms.
“It’s fun to cheer the little kids on or I guess if you’re little you can cheer the older,” Sophia said.
Twins and fifth-graders Miles and Grant McCormick were still in the process of cooling down after completing more than a mile around the track. They described their post-run condition as “tired, thirsty and hot.”
Family and friends helped to provide an extra boost of inspiration.
“It’s nice that they have them here for a little motivation,” Grant said.