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I will bike 400 miles and I will bike 400 more to see you get up off the couch — note to the tune of the Proclaimers only hit.

Healthy Schools Oklahoma (HSOK) along with Online Physical Education Network (OPEN) are sponsoring “Pedal 4 PE” where cyclists, physical education enthusiasts, parents and school supporters across Oklahoma go on a 4-day, 333 mile bicycle ride celebrating the importance of physical education for elementary students.

The groups will be making stops along the way and Duncan’s Mark Twain Elementary is one of them. They plan to pull up mid-morning on Sept. 25.

“As the Pedal 4 PE cycling team rolls into each school, students will greet the riders and then enjoy an assembly and presentation by an OPEN professional trainer,” Ann McNellis PR for HSOK said. “Teachers from across the different districts will also be invited to each school for a national PE lesson and a question and answer time for educators. Schools will also receive physical education equipment packs to support their PE classroom.”

Lindsi Lemons, HSOK Executive Director, is ready for the big ride.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this 4-day event,” she said. “This is a great way to promote the value and importance of physical education in schools. HSOK has worked for the past 21 years in our communities toward this one mission, and partnering with a group like Pedal 4 PE is a great opportunity for us as well as the schools we serve.”

McNellis said the group hopes students and families will see the importance of PE during the school day.

“We also hope they see that we can all do ‘hard’ things if we put our minds to it and work,” she said. “But ultimately we hope that it helps students and their family and community continue to see the importance of healthy lifestyle activities.”

The overall goal is to raise awareness about physical education, as well as the HSOK organization.

“HSOK schools (like Mark Twain) are selected and given innovative PE products, education and tools to teach about nutrition, injury prevention, oral health, tobacco use prevention and physical activity,” McNellis said.

For questions or more information, please visit www.healthyschoolsok.org.

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