Junior Jackets Track and Field Day in Hibbing

Updated: May 28, 2019 07:05 PM

It was all about the fun and the run on Tuesday at Cheever Field in Hibbing. More than 600 kids from three schools attended the annual Junior Jackets Track and Field Day on Tuesday.

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"It's a day to end the year together, be out on the track, and enjoy the weather. Plus there's so many people in community out there helping," shared coordinator Christi Estey. She's also a first grade teacher at Washington Elementary.

The police department, track coaches, and even older Blue Jackets were on hand to help the kids as they tried different events like 200 meter dash and the high jump.

Usually, the PTO pays for the costs of the event, including transportation. But this year, they didn't have to. "Fairivew Range stepped up and paid for everything, from t-shirts to the chalk to the Port-a-Potties. Everything you can think of. We are so grateful," Estey said.

"It's an event that's non-competitive. You can go super hard, but you can also just enjoy it," shared B.J. Berg, principal at Washington.

The adults know that piquing the kids' interest now can help build their track programs, too. "We've worked on this as coaches for a few years now," Estey said. "We came up with this three years ago, and everybody loved it."

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