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On Friday, Sept. 6, parents and families helped students at Morris Area Elementary School and St. Mary's kick off their 2013 fitness challenge, the Road to Sochi. (Kim Ukura/Morris Sun Tribune)

Families help kick start students on the Road to Sochi

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MORRIS -- The road to Sochi, Russia, the site for the 2014 Winter Olympics is 5,702 miles.

Family and friends helped Morris Area Elementary School students kick off this year's fitness challenge, a race to Sochi, last Friday by running, jogging or walking outside with their students.


More than 800 people participated in the kick-off, which included all MAES and St. Mary's students and their families. All miles logged during the event will count towards the overall goal for each grade to run to Sochi before the Winter Olympics begin on Feb. 7, 2014.

During last year's fitness challenge, a race to Cap Canaveral, Florida, students recorded over 25,000 miles for the school year.

Kim Ukura
Kim Ukura has served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune since August 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing.