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Pine View hosts fourth annual Python Run road race

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 OSPREY, April 7, 2017 – Pine View School will host the fourth annual Python Run from 7 to 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 8, at the school. More than 500 people are expected to attend the run, which includes 5K and 2.10K races. Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to All Faiths Food Bank.

“We are so proud of our students' investment in their health and in helping their community,” said Alison Rini, assistant principal for elementary grades. “We want to help them see exercise as something that doesn't just help them in the long-run, it has immediate benefits on their learning and their mood.”

Python Run is inspired by the research of Dr. John Ratey, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in neuropsychiatry. Dr. Ratey is a pioneer in using exercise as a treatment and cure for many diseases.

Pine View’s morning running club includes students from grades two through eight, who run for 30 minutes Wednesdays and Fridays before the school day. Studies show that exercise increases the brain’s capacity to make connections; students who participate in the run club notice the impact on their learning. Elementary teachers are currently exploring the possibility of expanding the run club program beyond two days a week next school year to help more students benefit from this opportunity.

More information about the Python Run is at Pine View School, located at 1 Python Path in Osprey, serves intellectually gifted students in grades two through 12. 

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