Students lap up wellbeing benefits of Minister’s Running Challenge

  • Education Minister’s Running Challenge 2024 launched today
  • WA primary and secondary students invited to register for challenge
  • Teachers and staff in schools able to participate for the first time

On your marks, get set, go! Primary and secondary students in WA are racing to the start line to register for the Education Minister’s Running Challenge.

Education Minister Dr Tony Buti launched the challenge today at Shelley Primary School where students and staff regularly show their passion for running as part of the school’s fitness program the 100s Club.

Now in its second year, the Education Minister’s Running Challenge encourages students to undertake regular physical activity and embrace a healthy and active lifestyle to enhance their learning.

This year the challenge will have an Olympic flavour to coincide with the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

To complete the challenge, primary students will need to log 20 cumulative minutes or more of running, walking or wheeling each week, while secondary students will need to log 30 cumulative minutes.

Teachers and staff in schools will be able to participate in the challenge for the first time.

The challenge begins on Monday 15 July and ends on Friday 13 September.

Weekly and end-of-challenge prizes will be awarded to participants. The top 100 participants will be inducted into the inaugural 100 Club and receive a medal.

Up to 4,000 students who complete the challenge will be eligible to receive free registration in the Perth Running Festival’s 4km race. The Perth Running Festival is the major sponsor of the challenge, which is also supported by the Australian Olympic Committee.

Students and staff can register at:

As stated by Education Minister Dr Tony Buti:

“The running challenge is a fantastic way for young people and staff to get their bodies moving and boost overall wellbeing.

“Not only does running help to strengthen muscles and improve cardiovascular fitness, but it also releases endorphins which can help increase feelings of positivity.

“I enjoy running as part of living my own healthy and active lifestyle, and I encourage all Western Australian students and staff to sign up to the challenge and get moving.”

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