MONTREAL, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - In October of 2010, 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 25, 2011.
In collaboration with the Fondation du Dr. Gilles Julien and the Montréal Oasis Marathon, Students in the Running is a project
that 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 project is to encourage the students
to have a healthy lifestyle, better school performance and greater
social integration. It's a way to allow them to realize that with great
determination, projects that may initially seem impossible at the
outset are not. Young people sometimes lack confidence in 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 more 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 evoked 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.
SOURCE Students In The Running
For further information:
Phone: 514 273-4869
Web site for Students In the Running: www.etudiantsdanslacourse.org