Endurance builds strength,
Strength builds courage,
Courage builds hope,
And hope, will never let you down!
Phys. Ed. Fred
Frederick Kaiser - Lundahl Middle School
History - After our 1st 24 Hour Challenge Run, I was asked "How are you going to top this?" by several people. I then went about to take on the challenge. After following the Eco-Challenge on television for a couple of years I thought this would be something we could do at Lundahl on a smaller scale. This could be an event no one has ever done before, so I took THE WILLINGNESS TO RISK to try something new. When I started drafting my idea on how it could be run, not one person thought it would ever happen. Friends, co-workers, and even my family asked if this was worth the effort when the chance of this becoming reality was virtually zero. Most thought I was crazy or wasting my time. I was DETERMINED TO STAND for what I felt would be a great learning experience students will remember for the rest of their lives. My COMMITMENT TO INTEGRITY was the line for myself and for the event and what it stood for. The first person to say "yes" was the Principal that hired me, Rick Carlsteadt. From there, on it took a year and a half of meetings, rewrites, fundraising, City of Crystal Lake committee approvals, and endless phone calls and emails. If I didn't have a SENSE OF PASSION during this whole process to keep pressing on, the Fitness Challenge Marathon would have never taken place. I am now presenting this program around the country along with the 24 Hour Challenge Run, to inspire and motivate other professionals. These events are also observed by several Universities from around the State of Illinois as a model of what can be achieved as a professional and by students. Because of this program along with others I've initiated, I was nominated and received Physical Education Teacher of the Year for Illinois in 2007, the Midwest District, and was a finalist of six at the National level in 2008. Our kids are hungry for challenges that make them a better person. Our staff at Lundahl is always excited to see what the possibilities are with our students and are dedicated to give them those opportunities.
If you haven't figured it out yet, the Four Characteristics of Success that I try to teach during these programs had to be use for me to successfully put this event together.
Important Dates!!! for 2017
The date has been set for October 27th (Friday)
Teams must be turned in by Friday, September 8th by the end of school day to Mr. Kaiser. Only complete teams and applications will be considered.
Teams will be announced Wednesday the 13th over Lundahl's afternoon announcements.
First meeting is Wednesday September 20th at 6:30pm-7:15 in the lower gym and is mandatory for all participants and at least one parent.
Practice canoe time at main beach with instruction: Saturday, Sept. 23th from 10am-11:30 at main beach - optional.
Second meeting is the evening before the event (Thursday the 26th) in the library, and again is mandatory. Drop your bikes off at Coventry school just before showing up to the meeting (between 6-7:00pm).
6:00pm for the chaperones (bring your bikes to LMS), checkpoint personnel.
7:00pm for all contestants and interested parents.
Race day - Starting gun goes off at 7:00am (you should be at the school by 6:30am).
Everything else you need to know is in the packets or will be talked about at the meetings. Good luck!
"An educational experience that will find the best in people during their most challenging times. This event is designed to test the physical, mental, social and emotional limits of our students."