Our annual Running Challenge is a highly spirited community event. Everyone is encouraged to join in, no matter what their level of ability. In addition to the sporty fun, it’s an opportunity to experience how a positive attitude and celebrating with friends is yet another form of winning - even if there’s no medal for it. Distances range from 100 meters for Kindergartners and increase up to 5 kilometers.
Our youngest runners start the day off, followed chronologically by older year groups in longer and longer races, culminating in the 5 kilometer combined race, where students, SIS staff and parents all have a chance to run or cheer each other on.
As energy is expended, it is also replenished: water and apples are provided for everyone, and for bigger appetites, the PEA Parents/Eltern Association puts on a BBQ and sells a variety of foods, drinks and sweet treats. The high-energy event is wrapped up with an awards ceremony honoring the top three runners in all categories.
The September 2017 Running Challenge was our ninth time, with more than six hundred students, staff and family participating – and with most runners sporting our official SIS Basilisks school T-shirt!
The Basilisks school spirit is something we're proud of. Annual community traditions like our Running Challenge, and Winter- and Summerfest, provide a palpable sense of a “we” through these great shared experiences. How remarkable it is to be part of our international community converging in Basel from all parts of the world, with the shared goal of educating our children, while learning from each other and contributing meaningfully to the future of these young people in our care!