Students, community leaders, first responders and administration gathered at St. Elizabeth Catholic School (SES) Wednesday, Nov. 2 to kick off another year of the 100 Mile Club.

The 100 mile club is a national non-profit organization where kids accept a challenge to run or walk 100miles within one school year.

“We are encouraging our children here at St. Elizabeth to learn skills and instilling them with habits that will help them to be physically active and healthy over a lifetime,” said St. Elizabeth Principal Macaria Gonzalez. “We will also learn a lesson in goal setting, determination and team spirit along side exercise.”

Before the students ran or walked the school's track Alice Mayor Ike Ornelas proclaimed Nov. 2 as 100 mile club day.

“One hundred mile club provides children with the opportunity to run or walk 100 miles at school within a single school year which improves readiness to learn, create better education outcomes, build self-esteem and overall health in the lives of children and others,” Ornelas read.

The Alice Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony. Alice police and fire departments, and students family members joined the students for a lap or two.

SES students participating in the program twice a week after school.

“Our school aims to increase opportunities for kids to be physically active, both in and out of school and to create new opportunities for families to move together," said Carolina Nisimblat, President of the PTO Health Committee. “We want active families, an active school and an active community.”