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Fayette County Public Schools swept the national top spots in the 2012 World Fit Walk, which emphasized the importance of lifelong fitness and the Olympic values of perseverance, respect and fair play.
Winburn Middle School came in first in the large-school division, averaging 8.6 miles per student per day and logging a total of 215,280 miles during this spring’s six-week challenge. Southern Middle School was runner-up, averaging 7.3 miles per kid per day and tallying 191,271 miles.
Morton finished third, and Beaumont tied for fourth. Jessie Clark, Lexington Traditional Magnet and Leestown rounded out the nation’s Top 10, followed by Tates Creek and Bryan Station middle schools. In the small-schools division, SCAPA at Bluegrass tied at No. 20 and Crawford tied for 28th.
Complete results here.
Nearly 30,000 students across the nation registered for this year’s challenge, and they logged more than 2 million miles. In addition to walking with classmates, students can earn mileage points for physical activity and exercise after school and on weekends such as riding a bike, jumping on a trampoline or throwing a Frisbee. “Buddies” in the community also can donate their walking miles or sports credits.
The goal of World Fit is to improve students’ health and attitudes toward fitness and to eradicate childhood obesity. In 2010, Beaumont and Winburn were part of World Fit’s national pilot. Seven Fayette County middle schools participated last year, and 11 of 12 were on board this spring as the program gained momentum.