P.S. 197 Q Mighty Milers Win Big At Jamboree
At the New York Road Runners’ first Jamboree of the school year held on Sunday at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory, four young runners from P.S. 197Q in Far Rockaway cleaned up! The P.S. 197Q Mighty Milers won first place in their heats and some of the kids won in two events. The runners (from left to right): Nylique Knight (11 years old, fifth grade: first place 55m and 200m), Lida Murrel (9 years old, fourth grade: first place 200m), Ny’hemia Steadman (9 years old, fourth grade: first place 55m) and Nashawn Wilson (10 years old, fifth grade: first place 55m and 200m) pose with their PE teacher, Richard Reiss, and Sportacus, from the television show LazyTown, who joined the NYRR team to help motivate and energize the kids with warm-up sessions throughout the day.
The whole team wears their donated wool, hand-knit, running hats. Heather Bergstein and Mary Lou Risley—along with a crew of volunteers—knit hats each fall for different groups of our youth programs kids so they can be warm during their winter runs. Sportacus was on had for the presentation as well! This year, P.S. 197Q was one of the schools selected to receive the hats and they loved them! Mr. Reiss’ hat says “Coach!” Reiss, who just started his 5th successful year with our Mighty Milers program, told us, “The NYRR running programs give kids an opportunity to discover a lot about themselves. It helps to build their self-esteem; they learn to eat healthy and stay in shape; and it exposes them to new things in life that they would not have access to. I am very fortunate to have found this program for my students.”
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