Thornwood Public School students and staff plan to stay active and fit by participating in the 2013 Mississauga Marathon Corporate Relay and Mississauga Student Marafun program. Following last year’s participation in the event, the marathon has now become a tradition for parents, children, teachers and principal.
Training will begin in February during lunch hours and after school to build strength, confidence and mileage. Goals are made to encourage others to take the first steps toward good health, overcome obstacles, and enjoy running together as a school community.
Thornwood teacher, Ivy Raghubir, started this tradition and recently received the 2012 iRun Award for from iRun magazine. She is 1 of 11 winners from across Canada—the only one from Mississauga— to be recognized, and is featured in the November 2012 issue as one of Canada's running ambassadors inspiring health, fitness and friendship amongst staff and students in the community. Raghubir encouraged and challenged several of the Thornwood staff who ran in the Corporate Relay in May to expand their fitness goals and run the Scotia Toronto Half Marathon in October.
The tradition expanded to Shelter Bay Public School in Mississauga, when a teacher, Julie Metcalfe, was inspired after participating in the staff relay at Thornwood in 2012. Thornwood staff and students encourage other Peel schools to inspire within and foster some healthy school-to-school competition at the start line.