MONTREAL, Sept. 18, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - In October of 2011, a group of
approximately 20 young students from at-risk environments in Montreal
joined the Students In The Running Program and are now training for the Montreal Oasis Marathon taking
place on September 23, 2012.
Students in the Running is a program that is in its third year and aims to promote physical
activity, healthy eating and discipline, while reinforcing self esteem
and inspiring students to set objectives and reach them. "The goal of
the program is to encourage the students to have a healthy lifestyle,
better school performance and greater social integration. With the
mentors' supervision and frequent training, they can realize that with
great determination, challenges that may initially seem impossible can
be achieved. Young people sometimes underestimate their abilities and
running a marathon just proves them wrong", says Éric Leclerc,
spokesperson of the program. Moreover, to support them in their future
development, graduates of the Students In the Running Program will receive an academic bursary to enable them to either
continue their studies or a technical training program.
Thanks to the invaluable support and advice of their mentors, the
students have followed a training program adapted to their abilities.
They've benefited from the care of a trainer, a nutritionist and a team
of health professionals. Many other partners and sponsors are
associated with this project and have allowed the students to have the
experience of a lifetime.
During the past few months the students have participated in other runs,
most notably the Lac Brome Merrell circuit, and most recently the
Mont-Tremblant Half-Marathon, in order to evaluate their training level
and to better understand how to pace themselves over longer periods.
These runs have stirred some powerful emotions and strengthened their
ties with their mentors.
With only a few days left to go before the big challenge, the students
are winding up their physical training and their mental preparation.
The marathon is a challenge that demands respect while creating some
anxiety. However, once they've left the starting line, the students
will be undertaking the 42.2 km course through the streets of Montreal
with confidence and a new found perseverance and determination that
they will take with them throughout their lives. You will be able to
recognize them and their mentors by their red jersies, branded to the
colors of the program.
SOURCE: Students in The Running
For further information:
Web site for Students In the Running: www.etudiantsdanslacourse.org