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We Can! inspires Tahoe Valley students to hit the ground running

Provided to the TribuneTahoe Valley third grade student Izaiah Perez has logged almost 20 miles with the school's Morning Milers club. Perez says he likes to run because "I get to decide how I do it, and nobody tells me how to run."

In conjunction with a special opportunity that the We Can! program the Lake Tahoe Marathon have made available, Tahoe Valley students have started running … and running … and running.

In fact the Morning Milers, students who choose to start their day with a little running, have been hard at work racking up miles around the school’s field, running a combined total of about 350 miles – the equivalent of running to Los Angeles.

Initially the program started with six dedicated fifth-grade students, but quickly spread and includes students in almost every grade. The students are led by Seth Martin, lead P.E. teacher for Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

One of the most dedicated milers is a third-grade student Izaiah Perez, who has nearly 20 miles logged. Perez says he likes to run because “I get to decide how I do it, and nobody tells me how to run.”

In total, more 120 students have logged their runs, and 20 have totaled at least five miles since early May.

The Morning Milers will hopefully go on and join other young runners in a special race at the Lake Tahoe Marathon that is 1.2 miles in September. Students participating in the We Can! program have a special page in their book to log 25 miles prior to the event, with the total distance equal to a marathon.

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