The Total Trek Quest Program: Back and (hopefully) bigger than ever!
With the start of school comes the advent of fall activities. Newaygo County, boys in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade can participate in the Total Trek Quest(TTQ) program, a fun, high energy after school program that incorporates training for a 5K and a curriculum that focuses on developing positive peer relationships, working toward individual goals, making healthy choices, and resisting peer pressure. The program originated in Ottawa County 13 years ago, and expanded to Muskegon and Allegan County in 2015 and to Kent County in 2107. This past spring, TTQ came to Newaygo County with a team of 19 boys and 6 coaches at Velma Matson Elementary in Newaygo.
The boys and coaches worked hard as they trained for 9 weeks in April, May and June so they could run the Newaygo PCA SuperHero run on June 9th. Many miles were run during practices, and more importantly, relationships grew in all the time spent running around the schools and streets of Newaygo. Additionally, some important life skills were learned in lessons that combined things like making healthy choices or working together as a team with games that had everyone moving around, having fun, and building relationships. After all that hard work, on the day of the race, it was those relationships that helped get everyone to the finish line in a pouring rain that soaked everyone before the run had even started!! But when you are with your friends, even 3.1 miles in the rain is fun!
Now, TTQ is working to have teams at Velma Matson/Vera Wilsie in Newaygo, Daisy Brook in Fremont, and White Cloud Elementary. The fall season will start-hopefully-the first week of September, with a final 5k event somewhere in Newaygo County on Saturday, November 3. But two very important things are needed for this to happen: TTQ needs boys to be on teams, and caring, committed adults to serve as coaches for these awesome boys. (and you don’t need to be a runner to be a coach; you only need to promise to walk/run with your team) If you are interested in coaching, or if you have a 3rd-5th grade boy that wants to be a part of a TTQ team, please contact Vicki at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-834-1933.