Getting your racing game on and the perils of lanyards are the topics for our latest installment of Trending With TX.
The typical teenage summer bucket list tends to include going to the pool, hanging out with friends, watching fireworks and the like. But more and more teens are adding physical feats like 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons, marathons, Ragnar Relays, triathlons and cycling races to their summer agendas.
Meanwhile, all the other Internet-surfing-TV-watching-sedentary teens wonder why on earth anyone would be crazy enough to do anything that involves sweating gallons, accumulating blisters and having sore muscles for days. Something must be seriously wrong with all these aerobic nut cases, right?
Wrong. Those who participate in races know that training for and competing in these running events can not only be fun but it's a whole lot healthier than watching TV.
Races abound in the summer! There is practically some sort of race going on every weekend and into the fall. Many races take place in beautiful, scenic places and offer a great excuse to take a weekend vacation. Feeling the urge to get moving? Sign up for a race! Even if you don't see yourself as anything near a superb athlete, don't worry. Races are challenging for even the fittest of people. They're not meant to be easy -- if they were there would be no point but you don't have to be an Olympic athlete to do one.
The vast majority of people sign up for races to have fun and to say they did it. Find a race that works for you and just do it. Besides the bragging rights you'll earn, you'll also probably get a cool T-shirt or maybe even a swag pack full of goodies or food at the finish line, all while reaping the health benefits of being active.
-- Sierra Lawrence, Ogden High
This year at Weber High School there's a new rule that all students are required to wear their school lanyards with their ID cards attached every day. This rule is supposed to create safety in the student body and make it easier for students to receive lunch or check out books from the media center.
But this rule has many students in an uproar.
Some students believe that having the lanyard and ID will be a hassle and just one more thing to carry along with their books. I know that for me, a student who lost her ID probably four times last year, it's going to be hard to keep track of my ID card. I'll probably forget it most of the time.
I know that the school administration means well, but it just seems excessive to make us wear our ID cards for everything. There have been rumors that our teachers will check to see if we have our ID cards in every class period, and that just seems unnecessary.
I wonder if the lanyard and ID rule will be strictly enforced this year. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
-- Krystal Ruiz, Weber High
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