Even when one is out driving around (instead of walking), it is encouraging to see a growing number of people out running or walking. Programs like Go! P.E.I. seem to be enjoying much success in getting Islanders more active.
Many are getting hooked on running, and that is for their own good.
This weekend hundreds of school children in Grades 3 to 9 are converging on Mill River Provincial Park for the 2013 P.E.I. School Athletic Association Provincial Cross Country championships. High school students will run their provincial next week in Charlottetown.
One thing that stands out about those cross-country runs, though, is the turn-out of young children is way greater than the turn-out of older runners. Of course, the older the students are, the more obstacles to running get in their paths, like jobs, studies and other sports.
But that’s life in general: There’s always something that can get in the way of physical fitness.
Somehow, though, we need to cultivate the enthusiasm that is so evident when young runners approach the starting line and grow it right into adulthood.
This team approach to the sport helps remove the pressure of needing to finish first, that teams can have good results if runners endeavor to do their individual best. It’s not about being the best; it’s about giving their best. It’s about participating and feeling good for showing up.
That’s the good thing about the running programs, too, where participating is as celebrated as finishing first.
In the long run, the biggest winners will be our health and our healthcare system.
Good to get Camp Kildare back
Federal and provincial funding was recently secured for what was once a popular camp in West Prince for scouts and other groups. Through time, though, it gradually slipped into disrepair.
The Alberton and Area Community Development Corporation has picked up the challenge of rejuvenating Camp Kildare and thus providing a venue in western P.E.I. for reunions and group gatherings.
Camps, like Camp Kildare, are another way to encourage physical activity. Getting people outdoors and active is so important in this day and age when so many of our activities are controlled by a remote or a keyboard.