Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Marshall Middle School Students Become “Iron Cardinals”

Marshall Middle School, as part of their participation in Fuel Up to Play 60, conducted a voluntary triathlon for students called the “Iron Cardinal” this morning.  More than 30 Marshall Students participated!
The Iron Cardinal offered students one of two different heats for the event; a competitive heat and a non-competitive heat. The competitive heat required students to complete a 500 yard swim, 5 mile bike ride and a 1 mile run.  The non-competitive heat required students to complete a 300 yard swim, 4 mile bike ride and a 1 mile run.
Students have been preparing for the “Iron Cardinal” 3 days a week since April 18, 2012. Marshall’s physical education staff was available to assist students before school on training days. The Southern Wisconsin Area Triathletes (SWAT) supplied volunteers that helped supervise the event.  The Governor’s Health Award grant was used to cover costs of breakfast/snacks and T-shirts for the participants. 
Marshall Middle School is a six time Wisconsin Governor’s Health Award winning school and is a nationally recognized Fuel Up to Play 60 School.  Both acknowledgements are designed to recognize and promote physical activity and healthy eating within the school community.  Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program founded by the National Dairy Council and NFL in collaboration with USDA, which empowers students to take charge in making small, everyday changes at school.  Students are encouraged to become active for a minimum of 60 minutes per day.


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