Friday, November 28, 2008

100 Mile Club: Vail Ranch Middle School Represents!!

The 100 Mile Club is committed to celebrating personal success in all forms, and Vail Ranch Middle School in Temecula, California has taken The 100 Mile Club mission and philosophy to a new level.

In an inspired twist on cross-country team competition, Steve White, 100 Mile Club Head Coach at Vail Ranch, forms his teams in a unique way---he takes whoever wants to go. If you get your permission slip signed, you run.

No matter what.

When Mr. White came to us and said that after all his years of coaching, he wanted to coach a team that would be all inclusive, we knew he was a perfect fit.

200+ kids later, his team is running strong.

No tryouts. No time trials. No cuts.

Read his update below:

Vail Ranch Middle School Represents 100 Mile Club
by Coach White, Vail Ranch Middle School
Temecula, CA

Thanks for the 100 Mile Club Program-It Works!!!

In only their first year of competition, Vail Ranch Middle School in Temecula, showed it's depth by taking 80 athletes and winning back to back invitationals in Menifee and Hemet. In two meets this year, Vail Ranch raced to three overall team titles, four division championships and two runner-up awards, and countless medals in their first year of competition.

Our schools success can be contributed to the 100 Mile Club which provides the possibility for all students to succeed. Students get the chance accomplish individual and group goals. In my 20+ years of coaching, I've never seen a program that brings so many students together.

Presently, VRMS 100 Mile Club has 218 members and 45-50 of those run in the morning on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Thanks for making my job so enjoyable, just seeing the students smile and show so much commitment to exercise.

Can't Thank You Enough!

Steve White
Vail Ranch Middle School-Temecula

P.S. I think some of the students sleep in their shirts-they are so proud of their accomplishment.

This is what it's all about. Thanks for the update, Coach White. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Enjoy your weekend. :)

~Ms. Lubin

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

SBA Completes its First Fun Run

Recently I had the distinct honor of attending one of our 100 Mile Club chapter Family Fun Runs.

Susan B. Anthony Elementary School ran and walked literally hundreds of miles in just one evening! SBA is one of our first-year chapters. They hosted their very first Family Fun Run on a beautiful Autumn evening. Take a look at the spectacular runners, walkers, and coaches out there encouraging fitness and celebrating this lovely evening! This school has hit the ground running (pun tooootally intended), and their first family night was a screaming success.

Kids, moms, dads, grandparents, and even a couple of doggies circled their field for hours, collecting miles lap by lap. The sun began to drop below the horizon, and still they ran... Some even enjoyed completing a little art project as they walked. Below, the precise pink and green checkerboard pattern grew as the night went on.

Darkness fell, but that didn't stop the determined ones: Out came the flashlights! And the glowsticks!! And glowsticks hooked together to make jumpropes! And lanterns! And even a dad who skateboarded across the blacktop standing on his hands! I was impressed! The kids wouldn't stop!

We heard this more times than we could count: Just one more lap, Mom. I'm almost done. PLEASE!

The kids had goals to meet, miles to run, sticks to earn. I couldn't help but smile.

At the end of the evening, the fabulous SBA Head Coaches gathered lap sticks and tallied miles with precision, patience, and enthusiasm. (Did I mention patience?) Their kids were serious about getting those miles counted! (I loved it!! )

What an evening. Thank you SBA for inviting me to your very first Family Fun Run. I was humbled by your enthusiasm and hard work, and was honored to have been able to attend. I know your families loved it, too. :) Great GREAT job!!

(OH HEY! Who won the hoodie? What about the hat??)