HUNDREDS OF KIDS TAKE PART IN DAILY MILE EVENTS IN OREGON AS CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND WELLBEING INITIATIVE CONTINUES TO GROW AHEAD OF WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS OREGON22
- The Daily Mile, supported by INEOS, today celebrated the upcoming World Athletics Championships Oregon22 with a number of local events that brought together more than 250 children across three elementary schools in Oregon to participate in The Daily Mile.
- Elite track and field athletes were in attendance and completed their Daily Mile with the elementary children.
- Over 170 schools across the U.S. have now joined the program since The Daily Mile was announced as the children’s education and fitness program Event Supporter of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 in April – bringing the total of schools across the U.S. participating to over 550.
- The Daily Mile is a transformative initiative where children run, jog, wheel or walk for fifteen minutes every day, improving the health, happiness and wellbeing of millions of children.
- Elaine Wyllie, Founder of The Daily Mile, says: “We want to get as many children around the world doing The Daily Mile as possible, so we are absolutely delighted that in just over a month since we were announced as official children’s education and fitness program event supporter of WCH Oregon22 , over 550 schools in the U.S. have now signed up to the program. Events such as today’s are brilliant ways to showcase the positive benefits that The Daily Mile has on children’s physical, mental and social health.”
The Daily Mile, supported by INEOS, today celebrated the upcoming World Athletics Championships Oregon22 with a number of events that were designed to get as many elementary school children in Oregon moving on the same day.
Over 250 children in Oregon took part in the events across three schools. The children came from local elementary schools – Marcola Elementary, Malabon Elementary, and Oakridge Elementary – and enjoyed their Daily Mile in front of elite track and field athletes including Eugene locals Anika Thompson (Women’s 5000m) and Jackson Mestler (Men’s 3000m).
More than 170 schools across the U.S. have now joined the program since The Daily Mile was announced as an official children’s education and fitness program Event Supporter of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 in April – bringing the total number of schools across the U.S. participating to over 550. This means that as of today more than 3 million children across 14,000 schools in 87 countries globally are now running The Daily Mile, with the initiative gaining momentum across the U.S. as more and more schools are signing up every day.
As it stands in total, 23 schools in Oregon and over 550 in the U.S. now take part in The Daily Mile.
The partnership with WCH Oregon22 aims to increase awareness of The Daily Mile in schools – a transformative, free initiative where children run, jog wheel or walk for fifteen minutes every day, in which time, most people will average a mile or more – and encourage elementary schools in Oregon, America and the rest of the world to take part.
The initiative believes there is more to be done if we are to provide the opportunity of good health and well-being to all children, wherever they are in the world, and its aim is to significantly increase the number of children that are able to enjoy The Daily Mile. Partnering with WCH Oregon22, it aims to have a lasting effect on the physical, mental and social wellbeing of America’s school kids.
Elaine Wyllie MBE, Founder of The Daily Mile says, “We want to get as many children around the world doing The Daily Mile as possible, so we are absolutely delighted that in just over a month since we were announced as an official children’s education and fitness program Event Supporter of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 over 550 schools have now signed up to the program.
“Multiple scientific studies continue to show The Daily Mile improves children’s physical, mental and social health as well as their engagement at school – and today’s event in Oregon has been an incredible way to celebrate the upcoming World Athletics Championships Oregon22 and get more children in Oregon and the U.S. experiencing the positive effects of The Daily Mile.
“We’d like to thank the children, teachers, schools and partners we are working with who champion our ideals and support our ambition to see every child enjoy the benefits of The Daily Mile.”
Sarah Massey, CEO, Oregon22, LLC, comments: “Partnering with The Daily Mile, we are encouraging schools across Oregon and the U.S. to make a positive impact on children’s wellbeing that will have lasting benefits. Today’s events were a great way to celebrate how the Championships can inspire healthy physical activity for all and we look forward to seeing The Daily Mile initiative develop as it continues to grow throughout the U.S., this year and beyond.”
The full list of athletes in attendance were Anika Thompson, Women’s 5000m; Maddy Elmore, Women’s 1500m; Angus Fölmli, Men’s 800m; Jackson Mestler Men’s 3000m; Steve Neumaier Men’s 3000m; Quincy Norman Men’s 5000m. All are current or former University of Oregon track and field athletes, with many being local to Eugene.
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Notes to Editors
The Daily Mile was first developed in February 2012 by Elaine Wyllie, Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) when she was the Principal of St Ninian’s Primary School in Stirling, Scotland. Since 2016, The Daily Mile Foundation has been supported by global chemical company INEOS, which has enabled the free initiative to grow globally helping millions of kids to get active every day.
The initiative is simple – but can be transformational to children’s health and wellbeing. It involves classes heading outside to jog, roll or run around the school grounds for 15-minutes every day, at whatever pace suits the child best. It gets children active with their friends and teachers and refreshed for further learning. The Daily Mile is free, fun and fits in the school day easily.
Though named “The Daily Mile” (as children tend to average running a mile in the 15-minutes), the distance isn’t compulsory, and the ethos of the scheme is of inclusivity, enjoyment, and self-improvement over time. The Daily Mile is intended to help all children, no matter their age, ability or personal circumstances, enjoy getting active every day – getting fitter and healthier now, but also developing healthy habits for a lifetime.
Please find below a link to a film about The Daily Mile at Parker Elementary in Galveston, TX.