March 9, 2013

The Results Are In!

Posted in REA News at 8:41 pm by ranchoencinitasacademy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         

Contact: Paul Wulle

760 942-2011


Students participated in the first monthly virtual running and walking club at Rancho Encinitas Academy

Virtual Running Club 2

Students received medals and trophies for Weekly Gains and Overall Mileage. Top 3 Overall Mileage winners for girls (L-R): Emily Young, 3rd place, Katie Solowiej, 1st place, Theresa Hooker, 2nd place

March 8, 2013 – Encinitas, CA – Students at Rancho Encinitas Academy (REA) completed the first series of their virtual running and walking club by tracking their miles for the month of February.  Top prizes were awarded for weekly gains and overall mileage.

Using a free technology tool from, students were able to create a personalized account, enter their mileage and graphically compare their results.  For example, the Percentile Finish feature allows participants to see how they finished against others in their age group, gender or overall.

Virtual Running Club 1

Families participated in Chelsea’s Run, March 2, 2013. (L-R) front: Charlene Hooker, Theresa Hooker, Gloria King, Isabella King, Christoper King (L-R) back: Jeff Hooker, Mike Roberts

All of the running and walking was completed off campus, outside school hours.  The idea for the club came from the REA parent group volunteers who were brainstorming ways to encourage exercise and good health in a fun way.  “These ideas in combination with a virtual exercise program I was personally involved in lead us to the idea of trying out a virtual program at our school,” said Belinda Solowiej whose daughter Katie earned a first place trophy for overall mileage.  “Our family would take longer walks and jogs during the weekend, and shorter weekday walks around the block with our dog.  Our dog was most appreciative!  It really showed how just walking short distances more often really adds up the mileage and we all enjoyed the family time,” Solowiej says.

As a culminating event to February’s competition, families participated in Chelsea’s Run, an annual 5K run/walk fundraiser benefiting the Chelsea’s Light Foundation Sunflower Scholarship Fund.

An awards ceremony was held on campus where studeVirtual Running Club 3nts received certificates, medals and trophies for their accomplishments.  Gus Moss-King, fourth grade, received an award for Highest Weekly Gain in week four of the competition.

Theresa Hooker, fifth grade, received the same award for the girls.  Overall mileage first-place trophies were presented to Gus 

Moss-King and Katie Solowiej, third grade.

About Rancho Encinitas Academy

Since 1995, Rancho Encinitas Academy (REA) has prepared students for high school in a child-focused, nurturing environment that encourages knowledge, creativity, self-reliance and fosters organizational skills.  REA serves students from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.  For more information call (760) 942-2011 or visit or connect with us on Facebook,


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