Three Summerland principals will take part in a friendly competition in the 5.4-kilometre Giant’s Head Run during Action Festival. From left are Darcy Mullin of Giant’s Head Elementary School

Principals compete in Giant’s Head Run

Three Summerland principals will lace up their shoes in a friendly competition in the 5.4-kilometre Giant’s Head Run in early June.

Three Summerland principals will lace up their shoes in a friendly competition in the 5.4-kilometre Giant’s Head Run in early June.

Cal Johnson, principal of Summerland Montessori School; Darcy Mullin, principal of Giant’s Head Elementary School and Jeff Redden, principal of Trout Creek Elementary School will take part in the run during the Summerland Action Festival.

Two other Summerland principals had planned to take part, but are unable to do so because of injuries.

Joanne Malar, program coordinator with the municipal recreation department, said the principals’ presence should help to encourage others to participate in the run.

“The principals are leaders in their schools,” she said. “I’m really excited to get them involved.”

The elementary schools have running programs in place for their students.

For those who would like to try the run but have not been active, Malar said training is available.

There are numerous training resources available online.

There is also a training program offered through the recreation department each Monday and Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The program, 10-Week Giant’s Head Run Prep Class, started March 31 and continues until June 5 at the Aquatic and Fitness Centre Meeting Room.

Those still interested in joining will be charged a pro-rated fee.

The training program is a mix of walking and running, based on skill level, with a warm up and cool down.

The Giant’s Head Run has a 5.4-kilometre loop and a 10-kilometre loop. It will take place on Saturday, June 7 at 6 p.m., beginning on Wharton Street near the Summerland Library.