Exceeding Expectations: Annual Swimathon and Runathon


EE’s annual Swimathon/Runathon event took place on the morning of Sunday, January 20th, in Loma Linda and San Bernardino. Twenty kids swam as many laps as they could in an hour, and twenty ran as far as they could in thirty minutes. Twelve of the kids did both events. Despite a chilly start in the low 40s, it warmed up quickly and everyone had a terrific time.

And they're off!

As those of you who have supported us for a long time might remember, the Swimathon used to be a fund-raising event, with kids calling asking for pledges. But for the last few years we’ve not asked for money and have, instead, turned this event into an exercise in goal setting, which is always a very instructive endeavor.

Last month, I asked each of the kids to set a challenging yet doable goal for how many laps they were going to try to swim and run. Today, we announced that the winners were going to be chosen based on how far they exceeded their targets, which made for a very level playing field. Nearly all of the kids reached their goals, and the three Swimathon winners were all younger kids who surprised everyone, including themselves, with outstanding efforts that went way past what they thought they could do. It was great fun watching how hard the kids worked chasing their personal goals.

We had special awards for the winners, and everyone who competed earned a medal. So special thanks to those of you who dug into your hardware collections and contributed medals to the kids.

Thanks also to all the great volunteers and parents who helped out, and thanks especially to the wonderful folks at the Loma Linda University Drayson Center for once again allowing us to stage the swim at their beautiful pool. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to share the day with us in pictures

Next up: The 30th Annual Highland YMCA Family 5K, 10K, half marathon and kids’ fun run on January 27. This is the very first event we participated in after EE was founded in 2000 and it’s still a favorite.

Thanks, as always, for your continuing support.

About Cherie

Cherie Gruenfeld, Boingo's official butt-kicker, is an Ironman age group champion and world record holder. She is a grand masters triathlete — a sport in which she didn't even start competing in until her 40s — proving that top fitness is achievable at any age. She has raced in more than 25 Ironman triathlons, has 18 wins overall, and has won her age group at the Ironman World Championships a whopping 13 times. She's also an incredible fitness coach with great insights on goal setting and fitness on the road. Have a question for Cherie? Email her at askcherie@boingo.com. You can also learn more about her non-profit organization, Exceeding Expectations on Facebook.
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