STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A local sixth grade teacher is running to make a difference in the lives of his students.
Mr. Parry's Endurance Challenge kicked off in Stewartville Thursday morning.
Jim Parry is a 6th grade teacher at Stewartville Middle School who is running and walking a four mile loop in and around the city continuously for the next 24 hours.
He came up with the idea several years ago to inspire and motivate his students to get outside and exercise.
The challenge encourages others to perform 24 hours of exercise over an eight week period.
To break it down that's three hours a week or a little less than a half hour a day.
Parry said the physical lessons people learn from exercise can be applied to all aspects of life.
"The motto that I've had forever is don't set your limits, go out and find them," Parry said. "That applies not only to sports and athletics, but you can apply it to the classroom and in life."
This is the 5th year Parry has put on the event. Parry said over the past five years hundreds of people from across the country have taken part in the challenge.
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