Courageous Pacers Reach Running and Lifting Goals

Published 05/14 2014 06:25PM

Updated 05/14 2014 09:22PM

PEORIA -Students in Peoria District 150 have achieved an ambitious goal. They completed the task of walking one-hundred miles and lifting 10,000 pounds today.

It’s part of the “Courageous Pacers Program.”

Students exercised throughout the school year to achieve these goals. The program started several years ago with special needs students, but has grown over the years to included kids from throughout the district. “Courageous Pacers” encourages kids to become more active which could also help them in the classroom.  

“When it comes to learning and academic achievement, there's a lot of research that correlates fitness level, movement to positive outcomes to these factors,” said District 150 Physical Therapist Stephanie Zutter.

Program organizers hope more schools will join the “Courageous Pacers Program” in the future.

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