Students create an Australian record by 'Running Around The World'
19th Sep 12
The inaugural National Health and Physical Education Day on Wednesday September 5th 2012 saw 588 schools and 130,203 students around the country celebrate the day by participating in the adidas Run Around the World, creating an Australian record for the most students running, jogging or walking on the same day.
The goal of the adidas Run Around The World event, the marquee event of National Health & PE Day, was to have a minimum of 40,100 students involved in running, jogging or walking at least 1 kilometre each - equivalent of one full lap around the world. The 130,203 students who participated was equivalent to 3.25 laps around the world.
ACHPER National Executive Director Mr Jeffrey Emmel said he was delighted with the number of schools that embraced National Health & PE Day by participating in the adidas Run Around The World event.
“The day was a chance for schools to celebrate the importance of health and physical education in the curriculum and highlight its importance to learning and personal and social development. As well as participating in the adidas Run Around The World, students took part in a variety of other health related activities held on the day and during the week.”
Mr Emmel said schools Australia-wide have provided positive feedback and support for the initiative and looking forward to next year’s event.
National Health and PE Day next year will be held on Wednesday September 4th 2013.