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Students, Staff Trot To Physical Education Fun

MEXICO – Mexico Middle School staff members and students in grades five through eight gobbled up a good time during the third annual Turkey Trot race.

“We Will Rock You” played as a record 225 people marched down the hill behind the school to ready for the 1.5-mile course.

Turkey Trot first place girl and boy racers Adria Ariola and Kian Long can barely contain their excitement after competing in the annual 1.5-mile race at the Mexico Middle School.
Turkey Trot first place girl and boy racers Adria Ariola and Kian Long can barely contain their excitement after competing in the annual 1.5-mile race at the Mexico Middle School.

As each participant took off, several classmates and teachers stationed around the course whistled and cheered to encourage them to strongly finish the race.

Health teacher Richard “Rick” Lenahan said the event was coordinated purely to promote how fun physical fitness can be.

In a record nine minutes and 57 seconds, eighth grader Kian Long breezed through the race to earn a first-place finish.

Adria Ariola, seventh grader, was recognized as the first female student to cross the finish line.

The top two runners from each grade level received a Turkey Trot T-shirt, along with praise from peers and other attendees.

Everyone ended the event with a little dancing to warm up, and they snacked on apples and cider, donated by Behling Orchards.