2nd Annual GROW Strong 5K Ran
The second Annual Surry County Schools GROW Strong 5K roared through Fisher River Park on Monday, November 26, 2018. All eleven elementary schools participated in the event with more than 350 students competing. The day began with a one-mile run for Kindergarten, first and second-grade runners. The 5K race for third, fourth and fifth-grade runners began at 10:00 in the morning. By 11:00 am, all 350+ student runners had completed the race with dozens of family members and Surry County School system staff cheering on each team.
GROW is an acronym for Go Run Our World. The initiative encourages enthusiasm for health and wellness, and a love of running. Each team’s coach trains students to run a 5K and teaches perseverance, responsibility, race etiquette, self-motivation, self-pride, and teamwork. Training takes place over ten weeks leading up to the big event.
Sponsors of each running team include:
- Cedar Ridge Elementary - Tim Hamlin Farm Bureau
- Copeland Elementary - Carolina Laser Designs and Copeland Ruritan Club
- Dobson Elementary - Surry Insurance
- Flat Rock Elementary - Acme Stone and Sarah Stevens for House
- Franklin Elementary - Chick-fil-A
- Mountain Park Elementary - Kevin Powell's Foothill Ford
- Rockford Elementary - Surry Central High School Cross Country Family
- Shoals Elementary - Pilot Mechanical
- Westfield Elementary - 13 Bones, Art of Massage, Tweet & Co Hair Studio, and Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company
- White Plains - Choice Metal Buildings
The 2nd Annual GROW Strong 5K was organized by Mrs. Deanne Fitzgerald, Teacher and GROW Strong Coach at Rockford Elementary, Dr. DeAnne Danley, Director of Elementary Education and AIG, and Mrs. Ashley Mills, Surry County Schools Educational Foundation Liaison. Surry County Parks & Recreation hosted the event and worked with the organizers to ensure safety for all participants.
Superintendent of Surry County Schools and father of one of the runners, Dr. Travis L. Reeves, commented, “I am proud our school system can offer a program that promotes goal setting and perseverance. This event has become one of my favorite events of the school year as we celebrate physical fitness, drive, and determination to reach a goal. I am encouraged to see our students come together to have fun, make new friends, and encourage one another to meet their goals. The runners have trained hard and it is great to see their hard work pay off. I also appreciate the hard work and effort of our Grow Strong coaches, who make physical fitness a priority every day. We all know children need to be healthy to learn and what we observed today is healthy children in action.”
Dr. Reeves and Dr. Danley presented the following awards to third, fourth, and fifth-grade students:
3rd Grade Girls School Time
- Madison Ayers Rockford 23:45.65
- Kenidi Hall Rockford 25:58.06
- Jaycee Dalton Rockford 28:30.12
4th Grade Girls School Time
- Danii Daughenbaugh White Plains 24:48.98
- Catherine Chaire Cedar Ridge 25:42.55
- Sophia Easter Franklin 25:49.18
5th Grade Girls School Time
- Maggy Sechrist Pilot Mountain 23:57.37
- Cameron Cruise Dobson 25:10.52
- Anabel Ratterman Franklin 26:03.93
3rd Grade Boys School Time
- Caleb Cruise Dobson 21:47.68
- Cole Knox Shoals 22:41.64
- Cooper Woodring Dobson 24:06.37
4th Grade Boys School Time
- Alex Spainhour F lat Rock 21:25.69
- Cayden Newman White Plains 22:35.62
- Dru Gaddy Dobson 23:36.24
5th Grade Boys School Time
- Brayden Woodring Dobson 20:43.20
- Carter Motsinger Pilot Mountain 20:46.22
- Jax Whitaker Rockford 21:16.88
Once again, Dobson Elementary accepted the award for overall fastest boys’ team, and Rockford Elementary excitedly accepted the award for fastest girls’ team again this year.
The final presentation was the GROW Strong All Heart awards for male and female. Coaches could nominate students for this award based on attitude, participation, courage, and team spirit.
Reagan Snow, from Mountain Park Elementary, and Jax Whitaker from Rockford Elementary, won those awards. Congratulations to all students and coaches!