Third annual Mud Run promotes anti-bullying
Friday, October 4th, 2013
Issue 40, Volume 17.
The Mud Run was put on by Healthy Races. It is the first year Healthy Races partnered with the anti-bullying program Peer Leaders Uniting Students (PLUS), which teaches social leadership for children in schools.
The 5K course featured over 20 obstacles for children to tread through the mud.
"Watching a couple hundred kids go through the mud is just a riot," said Steve Rawlings, coordinator of the event. "Kids just love it."
The event was free for those who raised more than $75 in donations.
This event was really about those involved in the PLUS program, said Rawlings.
The PLUS program, based in Murrieta, is about the importance of establishing a Peer-to-Peer program to help prevent bullying.
Although the program was started in Murrieta, it has made its way into other areas of California. Students are brought into the process of developing safe schools and communities and let them take ownership in the outcomes on their campus and community, according to the programíswebsite.
October is also anti-bullying month, and the Mud Run was designed to be a signature event, said Rawlings.
"Itís a fun community event," he said.
Participants were able to race individually or as a group. Although participants that ran together helped to create team building.
"Youíre sharing a really neat experience together," said Rawlings.
Jeffrey King, a returning competitor who finished first in 2011, was the first to complete the race at 9 a.m.
The Mud Run was an event to say thank you to the students for what theyíre doing on campus to prevent bullying, said John Vandenburgh, creator of the PLUS program.
"The more awareness we can get into our communities on bully prevention and whatís out there, itís better for all of us," he said.
Bullying is a localized thing, he also said. One community could have a very high or low amount of bullying.
On a national level, about 17-20 percent of children are the target of bullying a day on school
campuses every 30 days, according to Vandenburgh.
In the Murrieta community, Vandenburgh reported the city is at or below the national norm for bullying.
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