Edinburgh Marathon Festival (EMF) has launched a new initiative focused on increasing the fitness and wellbeing of children at schools in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife. The ‘Super Active Schools’ campaign will recognise and reward local schools who have entered the most pupils into the EMF junior races. Each Super Active School will receive a certificate of achievement alongside a monthly spotlight on the EMF social media page and e-newsletter.
In 2016, the EMF junior races sold out for the first time ever which, alongside the success of the ‘Daily Mile’, proved a catalyst for EMF to introduce two new junior races for 2017, alongside the ‘Super Active Schools’ campaign to continue to recognise the impact that the initiative has made in schools throughout Scotland.
Edinburgh Marathon Festival race director, Neil Kilgour said: “We are really keen to recognise and reward the achievements of the staff and pupils of local schools who have made such an effort to get more active. We are really proud that these races help make real change. After seeing the success of the Daily Mile, we realise it’s important to build on the momentum of keeping our children more active. We love encouraging kids to get involved with the EMF junior races as it provides an occasion where they can celebrate a sense of achievement as they cross the finish line. We love rewarding effort.”
Mrs Hopkins, principal teacher from Fife-based ‘Super Active School’ Duloch Primary, commented on being recognised for their sporting achievements: “This was the third year we entered and the event is now an important fixture in Duloch’s sporting calendar. We had over 70 children competing this year, ranging from P2 - P7. We look forward to next year’s Edinburgh Marathon Festival already and are excited to hear that there will be an even wider range of races for the children to participate in.”
The junior races provide an opportunity for children of all ages to get involved with the sporting competition over the weekend, as well as giving them something to aim and train for. Each finisher receives a medal, wicking technical finishers’ T-shirt, race recovery pack, chip-timed result and a fantastic running experience.
Find out more about how to become an EMF Super Active School at the EMF website.