In less than 15 seconds, fourth-grader Abigail Simpson hopped about 40 yards Wednesday during a sack race — one of almost 20 games — at Monte Vista Elementary School.
Her friends said she was a fast runner, but Abigail seemed impressed with her potato-sack racing skills.
"I don't have a secret. I'm just a fast runner," she said.
It was Run & Fun Day, where the school's third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classes maximized three hours of organized play time.
"This is our big culmination of physical education," said P.E. teacher Roger Sondergaard. "I like to camouflage fitness so they are involved in physical activities, but not realizing the fitness side."
The softball catch was a prime example, Sondergaard said. A bazooka shoots softballs, and students make the catch and run the ball back 40 yards.
"They have to hustle back," Sondergaard said. "It adds a bit of fitness to something that may not have been that physical."