For six weeks, 34 A.W. Becker students from grades 3, 4 and 5 trained to run the 33rd Annual Freihofer’s 1 Mile and 3K Kids Run, held on June 1.
The students’ training included coming to school early three days a week and preparing their bodies to run the race by learning how to stretch, pace themselves, and mentally prepare and endure distance running.
This program was originally started by Cheryl Morenz, who taught physical education for many years at RCS. The program continues the tradition with the same name she gave it when she started the program, the Wackadoodle Running Club.
Wackadoodles, as it is now affectionately called, is led by A.W. Becker physical education teacher Brandon Herwick and short-term substitute Christopher Chromsazk with support from parent Amandalyn Andrasy, PE teacher Elyse Loughlin and counselor Thomas Trainor.
As part of the Wackadoodle program, A.W. Becker welcomed elite athlete Melody Fairchild, who visited the school, ran with the Wackadoodle team, and led the group in pre-race stretches and motivation.
Fairchild also fielded questions from students and shared her running story about starting young, overcoming challenges and being her best self. She went on to finish second in the Masters Division out of a field of more than 3,000 runners at this year’s 41st annual Freihofer’s Race with a time of 17:54.1.
Congratulations also to the following Wackadoodle team members who placed in the top 3 in their age group for the Junior 3k (1.86miles): Aubrey Meddaugh, Mason Brozowski, Parker Deyoe, Payton Olmsted, and Jack Smith.