Health & Wellness

Sparta's Let Me Run Wrap Up Spring 5K Season

Mario Graniello crossing the finish line
Kevin Wilson, Ellen Willwerth, Elliot Trento, Connor Fekete, Kevin Wilson, Mario Graniello, Joseph Willwerth, Charlie Diamond, Amy Henrie, Sean Walsh, Walter Willwerth, and Caroline Wilson.

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Let Me Run team competed in the Action for Distraction 5K supporting the Goryeb Children’s Hospital.  Sparta boys came together for their final 5K of their third season on May 6 in Morristown.

Mud and rain did not stop the boys from enjoying the event. 

“The boys all crossed the finish line amid smiles, cheers and the support from their team mates and coaches,” coach Ellen Willwerth said.

Sign Up for E-News

Coaches Amy Henrie, Caroline Wilson, Kevin Wilson and Willwerth were all on hand cheering them on.

WIllwerth explained Henrie had introduced the program to Sparta after searching for “something that would engage the boys in fitness as well as focusing on the other social challenges they face.”

“I was very impressed by the curriculum that the Let Me Run program offered,” Henrie said. 

Let Me Run is a national organization, that provides coaches’ training and scholarships.  Each program must have at least one coach who is certified by the program. Their published information says they seek to combine exercise with fun activities and lessons to help boys learn teamwork, build relationship skills, create friendships, grow emotionally, amplify their self-esteem, empower themselves and other and live an active lifestyle.   

Let Me Run was founded by Ashley Armistead.  She was a Girls on the Run coach who had two baby boys. She wanted her boys to have an opportunity similar to that offered through the girls’ program.  She was also seeking to provide an alternate to what she terms the “boy code;” embodied in phrases such as “suck it up, don’t be a sissy and always be in control” and  “boys will be boys.”

Together with local educators, coaches, physicians and businessmen Armisted developed the priorities for the program. It was first offered in the spring of 2008 as an after-school club.  It became a 501 (c) (3).

Each team has eight to 14 boys with two trained coaches.  They meet two days a week for an hour and 15 minutes.  They begin with a lap, then stretch, run and have activities.  The practices end with the mantra, “Let me be me.  Let me reach out.  Let me run.”

Other teams in the northern New Jersey region include Ramsey, Oakland and Maplewood.

The Sparta branch meets at the Helen Morgan school.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

Sparta

Sparta Police: Newton Man Wracks Up Charges After Hit and Run

October 22, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - A Newton man is facing a variety of charges after a hit and run.  Sparta Police Cpl. Dan EIig was following up on the report of an erratic driver on October 16 around 6:40 p.m. on Route 15 north when the reported car drove past him, police said.

Elig followed the white Lincoln Continental driven by Selvin Rodriguez of Newton. The driver was not able maintain his lane, ...

Sparta Police: Lights Out Ends in Drug Arrest

SPARTA, NJ – A man from Orange is facing drug charges after a traffic stop for a broken headlight and taillight.   Sparta Police Officer Steven Guido stopped Timothy Thompson, 32, on October 18 at 6:45 a.m., according to police.

When speaking with Thompson, the officer smelled raw marijuana.  Sparta Cpl. Rubino and Cpl. Schmp assisted Guido as he searched the car, police ...

Sparta Police: Misplaced Bike Rack Leads to Drug Arrest

SPARTA, NJ – Two people are facing drug charges after being stopped because their bike carrier blocked the car’s rear license plate.  According to police Cpl. Marc Rubino stopped Orest Kalni, 27 on October 13 around 11 a.m.

When Rubino approached Kalni the officer smelled raw marijuana in the car.  Kalni of Woodbridge and the passenger Olga Shevchuk, 27, of Brooklyn, NY ...

Obituaries

- Jun 2, 2017
Jillian Mari Baluyot, 17, of Nutley, passed away on June 2, 2017. Born in Secaucus, she lived in ...
Read more
- Feb 21, 2017
Marisa Rincon (30) passed away in Randolph on February 21,2017. She was born is West Chester, PA ...
Read more

Sparta Mountain, and the Irrational use of Logging

October 23, 2017

Dear Editor,

I have seen a number of letters on Sparta Mountain recently, and indeed I have written a few in the last few years.  I have literally lived below Sparta Mountain, since 1953, and camped hiked, and even spent some time in vacant Boy Scout Cabins up there.  The lake that I live on or off by about 150 feet is not only a source of recreation, but a source of water for the ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, October 23, 10:00 AM

Sussex-Wantage Branch Library, Wantage

Free Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Series

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_44243cd4843205607f23_free_bloodscreening

Fri, October 27, 9:00 AM

Council Chambers, Sparta

Free Blood Pressure Screenings - World Stroke Day

Health & Wellness

Fri, October 27, 12:00 PM

Newton Medical Center, Romano Conference and Education Center, Room 100, Newton

Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s Newton Support Group

Health & Wellness

Fri, October 27, 7:00 PM

Newton

Spooky Schoolhouse

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, October 28, 8:00 AM

County College of Morris, Randolph

Nothing Is Impossible 2nd Annual Halloween Trick ...

Health & Wellness

Newton Community Mourns Loss of Another Young Resident

October 20, 2017

NEWTON, NJ—Newton has suffered the loss of another young person this week.  A little over two weeks after the Newton Community lost Kelsey Bederka, 16, a student at Newton High School and one week after Peyten Critchlaw, 6, a first grader at Merriam Avenue School passed away due to a medical emergency. Now the Newton community is mourning Newton High School graduate Joey Savage IV, ...

Roxbury Cops Nab Serial Con-Man After Foot Chase in Kenvil

October 18, 2017

ROXBURY, NJ – A serial criminal, who convinced a 78-year-old Kenvil woman to give him more than $30,000 for roof repairs she didn’t get, was arrested last week by Roxbury police following a dramatic foot chase, police said.

The man, Sonny Stanley, 43, of Gutenberg, was charged with obstruction of the administration of law, resisting arrest and theft by deception, police ...

Want to Take Your Business Global? New Jersey Businesses Eligible for Grant Funding

October 12, 2017

Are you a New Jersey business owner who has already realized the potential of a global market or an entrepreneur seeking to increase sales and profit by taking your business worldwide? 

The New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC) has been awarded a $606,151 State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help New Jersey companies gain access to ...

Buying Remains Cheaper Than Renting in 39 States--Including New Jersey!

 




The latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia explained that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.

The updated numbers show that the range is an average of 3.5% less expensive in San Jose (CA), all the way up to 50.1% less expensive in Baton Rouge (LA), and ...

Suicide rates highest in rural counties across country

Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in the October 6, 2017 issues of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found the highest suicide rates across the country in 2013-2015 were in rural counties. While the overall suicide rate was just under 14 deaths per 100,000 people, in rural counties the rate was almost 20 deaths per 100,000 people.

For the full ...

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting October 11, 2017 

 

NEWTON,NJ - Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting October 11, 2017 

 

Our Friends at William Paterson Invite you to join us in this tribute to our Warriors

October 23, 2017




The Telling Project is a national performing arts non-profit that employs theater to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans’ experience. Greater understanding fosters receptivity, easing veterans’ transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them. This theater performance ...