Sunday, June 15, 2014


Love the strategies, No shoes seem to be the deal for the 800m time trial
 To say that we are having a blast with our Summer Programs would be an understatement.

It has been two weeks already since we started our Run With US/ITA program along with reading and nutrition with cooking matters.

On the Run With US/ITA! The highlight of this past two weeks has been the mother's involvement. A lot of them have come and joined us in  every single session.  Having the moms participate really give the program a special touch. The kids enjoyed racing then during our 100m repeats and our 800m time trial. More pictures HERE

This past week we learned some core   exercise. This was new to many that all of them kids and adults alike  really enjoyed, suffered and laughed during the process.

The nutrition class was a blast. We learned how to make smoothies. We tasted new things and made the most outrageous smoothies.  I was the last one to come up with one which had avocado and kale on it. All the kids were excited to try my invention. While for some it was delicious, for others not so much.  If you have a few more minutes I invite you to take a look at some of the pictures here.

Thanks to my sister Norma's coordination, we added a new program to the menu. This was added thinking on our working mothers.We now have Zumba three times a week  and  It has been a complete success. I had a chance to join all of them on Thursday and let me tell you this is not a joke, instead it's quite the workout. I enjoyed laughing and talking between dance breaks. Zumba has been a great outlet and therapy for all of us. If you dont believe me, just check the video below.

We are excited to start our week #3.. Stay tune for more aventuras from our ITA crew from Alamosa.

Be, Dream, Believe!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Summer 2014

Summer is here and with it comes more time with our youth. 

June 2nd, 2014: We start our 6 week program, Run With US and ITA!  The program will have a few adjustments that we hope will only be for the best.  This year, Beatriz Waddell, a long time ITA volunteer tutor and now Spanish coordination for The San Luis Valley Local Food Coalition will join us and take over the nutrition part. She will teach the class on Tuesdays from 5:00p.m to 6:30p.m The parents are encouraged to join the kids. We are so looking forward to join forces and make their nutrition class an exciting one.

I will be in charge of the other two components: Fitness and Goal Setting.  We will meet on Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:00p.m The San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center will be providing us with snacks. In our fitness curriculum we will add biking (bike around town once ) and basket ball ( a small tournament between kids).

The main goal will be gain fitness and beat our mile record times by end of program and if all works out the class will participate in the 4th of July Race downtown in Alamosa. We all are looking forward to be part of the parade as we felt it gave us confidence and acknowledgement. It was nice to show the community what it was like to be part of In The Arena. 
Last year, Olympian,  2:26:44 Marathoner from Poland, Karolina Jarzinska spending sometime with little Carolina who recently came in 2nd place at the Mile Fun Run..

Reading: Our reading and craft program will continue. For the most part my sister Norma and SLV Immigrant Resource Center volunteer, Roxane, will be in charge. The office will be open from 5:00pm to 6:00pm Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

Anyone in the community is welcome to join us! We love working and interacting with kids. 

Each program is free of charge and is based on volunteer work. 

Esmeralda and Lupita
We are  excited to start our 3rd annual Run With Us/ITA,  Reading and Craft programs.  Please join us! 

Where: 600 South Craft Dr. 
                Alamosa, Colorado
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