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Olive's Falcon Flyers

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Falcons don’t run; they fly. That’s the motto of the popular running club at Olive Elementary School.

Nearly a third of the students there participate in the club, which runs each year in the Junior Carlsbad race.

“You can exercise and have fun at the same time,” said Noa Faualo, a fourth-grader in the club. “You can stay fit.”

In 2012, the school won an award for the number of students participating at the Carlsbad competition. As part of the recognition, they got a free lunch from Pat and Oscar’s.

Amanda Roberts, who teaches third grade at the school, started the running club seven years ago with only 15 students. There are now about 120. She wanted to give students the chance to have a running program because she was so impressed with a similar program she was in as a child.

 “It kept me really focused and out of trouble,” she said.

Third-grader Grace Ubani said she was nervous about running at first, but now she’s glad she’s doing it.

“It inspires us,” she said.

The children also encourage the adults, said Nicole Fritz, a fifth-grade teacher who helps coach the running club.

“It’s inspiring as an adult to see all the kids working hard and accomplishing things,” she said. “It reminds us that we need to continue to do that.”