Written To Paul:
"I feel like today we are
finding, more and more, that people and their
accomplishments arenít quite what they seem. And I must
admit that when I took my 3-year-old daughter to watch and
meet you on a remote section of Highway 12... I
didnít quite know what to expect. Watching you run directly
into a pounding wind, over miles of tough, hilly road, what
I found was an authentic inspiration. Someone that I feel
fortunate to have met and that my daughter can truly look up
"Nice to have virtually met you and let it be
known that I truly admire what you are doing with them legs
"You are a motivating force and an inspiration to
far more than the school children who took part in Pace
"You never fail to amaze me. You are a real
inspiration to young and old alike."
"I am awed by what you accomplish. I am glad that
there are people in the world that are doing good for others
the way you are. You are an inspiration and a positive force
in the world."
"It has been a healthy realistic experience for
all of us to follow your disciplined trek. THANKS for the
"Thank you for this fantastic opportunity. Many
of our kids were able to accomplish things that they never
thought possible. We were able to set smaller goals along
the way and there were numerous triumphs on our own trek."
"Thanks for getting us off our seats and moving!"
"Congratulations Paul! What you are doing is
phenomenal and a really great inspiration for the kids."
"Your journey is such a great inspiration. Thank
you for taking the time to to incorporate such an
interesting and multi-grade curriculum."
"This was so wonderful I can't express it in
words. This was so motivational to our classes and parents."
"You've made it very easy for teachers and
students to plug in and feel a part of your journey."
"Congratulations to you Paul for an excellent job
in your Trek and the website. This was exciting for my
students, myself and the school. Thanks again for all your
hard work. What a great experience we all had."
"Thanks for a successful fitness project! We
loved to do it!"
"We made it and the teachers wore your Pace Trek
t-shirts with PRIDE!!!! The kids were so excited!"
"Congrats on finishing your trek! The message you
have sent to thousands of kids will continue on!"
"As the PE teacher it was really great to see
classroom teachers outside and encouraging their students to
move during class time. It was a positive experience for the
students and teachers. As the Kindergarten teacher said,
"I really like this because it gives the kids a purpose for
"Thank you for the challenge - the kids in our
elementary are always talking about it and most of them look
forward to our daily mile."
"All the physical education teachers here would
like to thank you for letting us participate in this
magnificent event. Paul, we want to thank you for giving us
the opportunity to help spread the word about keeping our
kids, and all the children around the world, healthy by
staying active. Be sure to include us in next year's PACE
"This morning we had our Marines, Sailors, and
Civilians come out and run the final mile with us. It was so
touching to see fathers and sons walking or running hand in
hand and moms inspiring and running beside their children.
We had one of our Commanding Officers participate, various
youth sports coaches, parents representing our military base
fitness team, and so many others. The parents were "VERY
IMPRESSED" with our efforts pushing for healthier children.
I spoke about you and what you have done, are doing, and why
you do what you do. It has inspired us here on Marine Corp
Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. This was a way for you to give
back to those kids of the military that have had to have
parents gone many times in harms way. They appreciate what
you chose to do. We have also enjoyed watching your video
clips and reading your blogs."
"It is about the "journey" and traveling with you
has been a great adventure for our students. You truly have
shown our students what dedication is about."
"My kids are reaching new running goals they
never before thought possible!"
"You are sending such a great message to our
kids. Thank you for your time, effort, pain, and commitment
to Promoting Active Children Everywhere!"
"The kids are so excited each day to walk! A
parent told me today that "this is what education is all
HOW DID THE
P.A.C.E. TEAMS DO?
The Results Are Below
8,000+ Kids... Over 42,000 Miles... Over 80 Million Steps!
Trek 2008 team leaders had the option of submitting their
team's mileage to Paul so that he could post updates on this
site about their progress. Not all of the teams submitted
their distances, but of those that did Paul compiled a list
of how those teams did.
See Which Reporting Teams Gave A Good Effort
Click To See Which
Reporting Teams Completed P.A.C.E. Trek
Click To Learn
Which Team Completed P.A.C.E. Trek 2008 First
A school located in a little Connecticut
town logged more miles during P.A.C.E. Trek 2008 than
any other registered school.
Road Intermediate School in Granby, Connecticut had four teams
registered for the trek
and cumulatively they logged 6,163 miles - which is about
the equivalent of running across the United States and back
again, and they did it in three weeks! Here's the breakdown
of their four teams:
Greyhound - 1,944.86 Miles (85 team members)
Wells Road Cheetahs - 1,495
Miles (85 team members)
Wells Road Gazelles
- 1,461.84 Miles (85 team members)
Wells Road Antelopes - 1,211.23 Miles (85 team
The teams were
registered on March 12, 2008 by team leaders Kathy Waddington and Mark Acquaotta. Their
teams did an absolutely fantastic job during the virtual
trek across Montana and based upon the numbers submitted the average
participant logged 18 miles during the three weeks of
P.A.C.E. Trek 2008. The team leaders wrote,
"We are from a small town and it is fun to see the kids
jogging in the evenings around their neighborhoods. We had a great time - kids and teachers are clamoring for
more! We all want to keep running! Everyone is running our
homemade half mile loop at school." Here's
information from an article in their school's May
Each student has
been asked to run three miles a week so that their team can
keep the pace with Mr. Staso. Students are already
running/walking a mile a week in their twice weekly physical
education classes. Mr. Acquaotta has set up a half mile
trail at school and teachers will be available to run/walk
at recess. Students will be logging running or walking
distances at home and school. Running at practices, walking
the dog or talking a walk after dinner all count; please
help your child estimate their exercise at home so that they
can contribute to their team or better yet Ė join them!
This is an
example of using P.A.C.E. both in the school setting and
encouraging involvement outside of the school - building
more active kids and families. Here's an article that
team leader Kathy Waddington submitted to the Hartford
Courant News on May 22:
Intermediate School in Granby participated in an exciting
fitness program during April and May this spring. The entire
school virtually raced Paul Staso, a former fifth-grade
teacher, as he ran 620 miles across Montana. Divided into
four teams of approximately 85 students and teachers,
everyone tried to run at least 3 miles every week in order
to keep pace with Mr. Staso. A half mile track was set up
around the school, and students and staff ran during
physical education classes, recess and other times during
the day. Students were sent home with log books to input the
miles that they ran or walked at home or at practice. The
school was inspired by the daily online journal entries made
by Paul Staso as he ran through wind, rain and snow. He
posted video and audio broadcasts from the road that
motivated everyone to run their best. In three weeks, Wells
Road ran an incredible 6,163 miles -- equal to running
across Montana ten times. Brady Hoddinott, a sixth-grader,
said, "It was great to see everyone running and having the
school committed to being active." Wells Road School was the
only school in Connecticut that participated among 90 U.S.
teams representing 21 states through 58 schools and
organizations. Many Wells Road students and teachers have
committed to continue their running and hope to "run
together" across another state in the fall.
who finished P.A.C.E. Trek 2008 first?
the date/time stamp of information received from
participating teams, it appears that
School of Fellowsville, West Virginia finished first
overall (a team of 51 members). They submitted their
information about completing the virtual trek across
Montana on Tuesday, May 6th. Their team went 691 Miles! Congratulations!!
I, Paul, actually spent an evening at the home of Mr.
Stanley Shaver, principal of Fellowsville Elementary, during
my 2006 run across America. It's great to see their school
showing such a strong effort! The P.E. teacher at
Fellowsville Elementary, Bonnie Moore, did a great job at
keeping the kids on track and getting them involved in the
P.A.C.E. Trek project. Their total was 1,320
Distances Are Those
That Were Last Reported By Team Leaders
Bmberg Elementary (Germany) - 105 Miles
(California) - 32 Miles
Dalat International School
(Malaysia) - 372 Miles
Danish Elementary (Texas)
- 90 Miles
Davidson Elementary - Taylor (Maryland) - 269
Davidson Elementary - Rose (Maryland) - 443 Miles
Davidson Elementary - Madden (Maryland) - 319 Miles
Davidson Elementary - Pelura (Maryland) - 291 Miles
Evergreen School (Montana) - 548 Miles
Eureka Elementary (Montana) - 300
Elementary (Alaska) - 78 Miles
Elementary (Wisconsin) - 439 Miles
School - 1 (Germany) - 424 Miles
School - 2 (Germany) - 429 Miles
School - 3 (Germany) - 390 Miles
School - 4 (Germany) - 466 Miles
Meadow Hill 8th Grade (Montana) - 324 Miles
High School - Sophs 1 (Montana) - 110 Miles
High School - Sophs 2 (Montana) - 103 Miles
High School - Sophs 3 (Montana) - 100 Miles
Elementary (Florida) - 191 Miles
(Illinois) - 546 Miles
Roosevelt Middle School - Cords
(Montana) - 409 Miles
Middle School (Italy) - 95 Miles
Sigonella High School (Italy) - 55 Miles
School (Washington) - 423 Miles
St. Luke School
(Pennsylvania) - 84 Miles
State Street School
(Vermont) - 273 Miles
Alamo Eagles (California)
Cold Springs Elementary
Fellowsville Elementary School
Garmisch Elementary School
Lakenheath American High School
M.C. Perry Elementary School
Meadow Hill Middle School - 7th
Mohawk Trail Regional School
Roosevelt School - Mission
Spruce Street Elementary
St. Ignatius Elementary
Tunnelton-Denver Elementary School
Urunga Public School
Wells Road Intermediate School