The Luling ISD and Community Marathon Challenge is a first annual fitness challenge to bring the students, parents, staff, and community members together to help make them more aware of and improve their fitness level. As a result of SB 530, all students, in grades 3-12 will be assessed on their physical fitness. In grades 3-7, in Luling ISD, an average of 12% of the total number of students were 'above average in weight,' for their age. Research shows that students who are physically active have improved behavior, attention and focus; as a result, improved academics. It would be exciting to see our school and community come together and get moving toward a common goal to have strong minds, bodies and souls. With this in mind, I propose the following:Students, Parents, Teachers, Staff, Community Members, School Board Members will all be encouraged to sign up for the First Annual Luling Marathon Challenge. Over a five month period, all participants would log their running/walking miles on a weekly log. After they accumulated 26 total miles, they would complete their marathon as a community at the Marathon Celebration, at which time everybody would run .2 miles as a group.Weekly logs will be submitted to the Marathon Station.All logs must be verified by an adult. It is on the honor system26 total miles will be logged before the celebration.Prizes will be distributed as a drawing at the celebration. There will also be drawings for different categories.Parents and students will be encouraged to exercise as a familyBusinesses will be encouraged to participate as a group.Faculty will be encouraged to participate as a group.Schools will be encouraged to participate as a group.Classes will be encouraged to participate as a group.Curriculums can be developed based on this. Physical Education classes can incorporate it into their curriculum. Everyone will benefit from this. This is a great opportunity for teaching our students how to set goals and achieve them. Adults can be great role models for our students. Let’s start now to make a positive change in our community.