On Monday, May 11th , the elementary students of Aurelia participated in their annual track and field day, the "Puppy Relays."
"The Puppy Relays have been a long - standing traditional year - end event held in Aurelia, and it is always a fun filled day, filled with great competition and sportsmanship. I've been here 12 years, and still remember the first thing told to me in my first year was , 'Don't mess up the Puppy Relays,' " said Aurelia teacher Mike Fry, director of the Relays.
This year marked the 50th year of the Puppy Relays on the "old school" track at Valor Field, one of the few tracks around that aren't "all weather."
The students participate in relays (4x100, Shuttle, and 3 Legged Race) in the morning, then end the day by competing in two field events , one jumping and one throwing, and two individual running events.
If that isn't enough for some, there are also two additional events (the "Nobby 400" meters, and the 50/70 meter hurdles) in which individuals can compete.
"It is just a great day, and kids understand that the emphasis isn't so much on winning, but (rather) competing as hard as they can, and being a good sport," said Fry.
This year in particular marked the true spirit of the Puppy Relays, as parents/alumni joined in the fun, and ran the 400 meter dash/jog/walk, with support from the young athletes.
This year's starter was student teacher Brian Fogleman, and he said it best. Seeing the Puppy Relays for the first time, Fogelman said,"I had a great time, and the kids were having so much fun."
For photos from this year's Puppy Relays, check the 'Puppy Relays' Photo Gallery.