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Truckee Elementary School unveils new fitness par course

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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; On Tuesday, Aug. 30, Truckee Elementary had a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil their new fitness par course. An outdoor fitness course is a series of exercise stations positioned along a jogging/walking trail.

Truckee Elementaryand#8217;s fitness par course consists of 12 stations. There are stations such as the push-up and pull-up stations, designed to help build arm, chest and back muscular endurance and strength. The mountain climber and side jump stations help promote cardio-vascular fitness by elevating the heart rate during these high-intensity, short-burst exercises. The trunk roll and sit-up station help build core, abdominal strength. These are just a few of the examples of the exercises along this course.

The course is available to both students and staff. Students will have the course incorporated into physical education classes. Teachers will have use of the course and may enjoy the course with their class or during their free time.

The course was built in honor of Principal Rex Anderson, who worked at Truckee Elementary from 1967-1980. Truckee Elementary physical education teachers Mike Pyle and Shauna Althof as well as classroom teacher Tamara Anderson spearheaded the project. The construction of the trail and the installation of the exercise equipment was done by Jeff Sparksworthy and The Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club. Other contributing organizations were the Truckee Rotary Club and the Horizon School from La Jolla, Calif. Both Halls Excavating and Sierra Mt. Pipe and Supply donated material that was vital for the success of the project.

Pyle and Althof will honor one special student each year with the Jeff Sparksworthy award. Jeff Sparksworthy is a member of The Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club and went above and beyond to make this project possible. The type of student who will receive this award will be a hard-working, dedicated individual who exemplifies leadership and teamwork.

Truckee Elementary Physical Education and the Truckee Elementary School would like to thank all of those who came together to produce this valuable fitness par course. It will help promote health and well-being for the students and staff for years to come.

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