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Rockwood Middle this year’s 5K Pacesetters

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Rockwood Middle School is this year’s recipient of the Pacesetter Trophy for participation in the annual Roane County Schools Run for Your Health 5K Run and Walk.

The school had 28 participants in the field.

“Principal Mandy Evans led her school by example,” said race organizer Patti Wells, school health coordinator.

“Scott Harvey, Rockwood Middle physical education teacher, was key in motivating his Tigers and encouraging them to participate and have fun doing it,” she added.

This is the first year the Pacesetter Trophy has been awarded.

Students and faculty members from each school were challenged to become Pacesetters by representing their school in the race.

The school with the most participating runners and walkers, by percentage of population, was awarded the Pacesetter Trophy engraved with the school name and race date.

The winning school keeps the traveling trophy for one year and has the challenge of keeping it at their school for ensuing years.

Run for Your Health 5K Run and Walk began in 2009. Initially began to encourage the community to become more fitness conscious, it has become a tradition for area runners on the first Saturday of November.

The race traditionally begins and ends at Fort Southwest Point with the turn-around at Kingston City Park’s Gravel Pit.

Walkers are encouraged to participate on the path along scenic Watts Bar Lake.