Steve and Paula Boone honored at April Board Meeting

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Pictured from left are School Board President Angela Conrad, Timbers Elementary PE Teacher Rexenne Treadwell, Oak Forest Elementary PE Teacher Janice Russo, Marathon Challenge creators Paula Boone and Steve Boone, Humble ISD Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen, PE Facilitator Helen Wagner, Maplebrook Elementary PE Teacher Darla Tinelli, and Bear Branch Elementary PE Teacher Marti Pieper.

 
At the regular School Board meeting on April 10, PE Facilitator Helen Wagner and elementary PE teachers from across Humble ISD recognized community partners Steve and Paula Boone for their work with elementary school students. Steve and Paula Boone began the Marathon Challenge program for students at Pine Forest elementary 26 years ago. They were parent volunteers at the time and wanted to share their passion of running marathons with students. 
 
Their goal is to teach students and adults the exact mileage is on an official marathon–26.2 miles–and to help students learn about setting long-term goals. An incentive for completing the marathon distance over the course of a school year is the Marathon Challenge T-shirt. Students may run, jog, and walk the 26.2 miles to complete the challenge.
 
"The first year only 14 students chose to participate," said Wagener, "but by the second year there were more than 200 students that completed the Challenge and last year we are proud to report that 10,200 elementary students achieved their goal of completing 26.2 miles over the course of the school year"
 
The Marathon Challenge program is funded by proceeds from the annual Fun Run held in Kingwood every New Year's Day.
 
"Steve and Paula not only talk the talk and walk the walk, they run the run," said Wagener.  "Paula has just completed over 330 Marathons and Steve has just completed over 700 Marathons. We thank you for inspiring our students to set goals and lead healthy lifestyles.  Join me in presenting Steve and Paula Boone with a quilt that was hand made by one of our PE teacher's mother (Janice Russo) with many of the T shirts that have been given to students over the past 26 years as incentives as part of the Marathon challenge program in Humble ISD."
 

Steve Boone said the program has been their way of paying back the support and encouragement they received as they ran marathons in each of the states and on most continents.

 

The couple met in 1997 at the Boston Marathon and were married eighteen months later. In 2001, they founded the 50 States Marathon Club which has grown to 4,400 members. Members share a common goal of completing a marathon in each of the fifty states. They still work every day and help organize non profit races in their spare time.