BOUNTIFUL -- South Davis Junior High School students spent Monday evening with their families, focusing on improving their health, at the school's annual Spartans Get Fit event.
One of the highlights was watching the junior high students race around the field on tricycles and small toddler bikes.
"I like going on bike rides, but this is a little too bumpy for my tastes," said ninth-grader Elizabeth Tanner, as she raced around the field with her friends on tricycles, several losing their balance in the process.
The kids fared better on the toddler bikes, but even then, getting their lanky legs to pedal the small bikes proved more challenging than they anticipated.
The last time Mateo Munez remembers riding a toddler bike was at age 4. Now that he's in seventh grade, it wasn't nearly the way he remembered.
"It was really hard, because they are so small, and we are so big now, so I had to push it with my foot instead of riding it," Munez said.
The bike race was hosted by the French Club. Members had originally talked about making crepes, but realized that wasn't a very healthy idea, so they moved on to plan B, hosting their own mini-version of the Tour de France.
Some of the students hadn't heard of the 23-day-long, 2,000-mile bike event, so their club adviser, Amy Tauraa, filled them in. Being able to get the club involved in the school activity was important for her.
"When they asked everyone to get involved at the school, we wanted to help out, because our school doesn't get to do a lot of fun bonding events likes this, so we didn't want to miss it," Tauraa said.
The intent of the evening was to get families actively involved in their health.
"The district has taken on a new health program to promote wellness, so we geared our event with that in mind, so we could involve a variety of students with various health activities," Assistant Principal Wendy Marland said.
A host of students were inside the school dancing to Zumba. Ninth-grader Myles Conant, who even dressed for the event in a breastplate and helmet, representing their Spartan school mascot, was working up a good sweat with the other Zumba participants.
"It was awkward at first, because I really don't like dancing in front of people, but it ended up being hard, but really fun," Conant said.
The Pugsley family was there to support their eighth-grader daughter, and they liked the fact that the activity promoted family health. Running as a family is something they like to do to improve their athletic abilities.
"I'm one of those moms who is not going to buy them a motorized vehicle, because they are going to ride their bikes," said Nelle Pugsley. "We have happy, healthy kids now whose brains are not going dead sitting in front of the television."
Community Council member MaryAnn Harrison, who helped organize the event, was encouraged to see all of the families supporting the push for fitness.
"Families that stay healthy together, stay together," Harrison said. "If parents participate, then kids will do it too."