Photo By: Courtesy of Jen McGuigan
Members of the Covington Coyote Pack combined to run the distance from their school to Washington, D.C.
More than a hundred students at Covington School joined the Coyote Pack, the elementary school’s running club, last fall. Members participated through the end of the school year.
Since October, the Coyote Pack has run a cumulative distance equivalent to running across the United States – from Covington School in Los Altos to the White House in Washington, D.C. – according to organizers. That’s 2,855 miles.
To accomplish this feat with their feet, students met at lunch each Friday to run laps around the school field. Runners retained a punch card to track their completed laps. Each Friday at the school’s morning assembly – in front of peers, teachers and parents – club members received ribbons based on the miles they completed. School officials also announced where on the U.S. map the runners would be if they started at Covington and headed toward the White House.
Covington moms Jen Roy McGuigan and Jen Springer started the program. Downtown businesses like On Your Mark, Spot Pizza and Jamba Juice showed their support for the club by providing incentives to its members for their efforts.