Soroptimist International of Rio Vista Project Heart and Sole supports the middle and high school cross country teams, encourages young womens’ involvement in the sport, and provides opportunity for the community to walk, run and live a healthier lifestyle in events and activities such as the Thanksgiving 5K “Turkey Trot” and 1,000 Mile Challenge.
The program kicks off in September.
Last year, 30 runners participated in the Riverview Middle School Cross Country team supported by Soroptimist International of Rio Vista Project Heart & Sole. Every Wednesday from September through November our intrepid runners could be seen running routes in and around Rio Vista. Our runners also participated in the Halloween 5K in Pittsburg, the Clarksburg Country Run 5K, a cross country meet at Bristol Middle School in Brentwood and the Turkey Trot 5K in Rio Vista.
On certain Wednesdays we held group huddles and discussed goal setting. Many of our runners participated in a Summer Leadership Camp at UCSB or the California Student Leaders Camp at Woodland Middle School, also supported by Project Heart & Sole. Participants often speak about how they benefited from leadership and cross country activities sponsored by Project Heart & Sole and how they’ve incorporated what they learned into student activities at Riverview School.
This year, we hope to expand the program to Rio Vista High School as many of our participants transition to the upper grades.