This was my 5th year as a volunteer at Jog-a-thon and it was another wonderful event! I spent most of the day with a camera in one hand and a squirt bottle in the other. For those of you wearing a Fitbit I had 16,000 steps by 3PM and had taken 678 pictures! It was the perfect day for it, too. It was a bit cloudy and overcast when we first got there for set up but by the time the races began the sun had burst through. It was warm but only in the mid-70s. There was even enough wind that Justin could film with his quad copter like he did last year. The Friday before had been the mid-90s so we did get lucky!
When I got there one of the Dad’s was unloading the 4 Super Speedy turtles that he had made. He had even brought along a can of paint to touch them up with – a job that Amara quickly took over for him. She had come to school with her folks at around 6:30 as she had a RAK Club meeting to go to at 7. Those Speedy Turtles were the hit of the day. Even the younger brothers and sisters who had come to watch wanted to pose with Speedy! What an amazing Dad to make and donate them!
The last few years Jenna has put together the music for the students to jog to. She made a CD and they played it over with each new group of runners. Having the music makes it a lot more fun to run. This year the PTA asked the RAK and Leadership Clubs to help suggest the music. Then Jenna carefully listened to each song to make sure that the lyrics were appropriate. It is always more fun when you can get the students involved in the choices.
If you’ve been reading AmaraLand for a while you’ve probably read about all the fun of Jog-a-thon before so I won’t bore you with details of how much fun it is to have a squirt bottle in your hand as the students run by. I won’t tell you about all of the wonderful hugs that I got. I won’t tell you about how much fun it was to watch Kindergarteners on the field stretching to warm up before they ran. I will tell you this is the first year that for some reason the Kindergarteners though they needed to run single file! They were stepping all over one another but they were having a blast. All of the students loved cooling off afterwards with their traditional popsicles. Last year the students raised almost $17,000 to help fund all the amazing things the PTA brings to the school. It will be a while yet before we know how much money was raised this year.
If you haven’t read about all the past fun at Jog-a-thons you can read the past posts here.
I must tell you that one of the best parts of the day was having at least 20 students come up and ask me, “Aren’t you the Cat in the Hat?”