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Bamber Elementary School holds fun run

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- It was too wet for a run outdoors this morning, but the students of Bamber Elementary were able to let off some energy indoors as they celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Mr. Olson Morning Run.

Ardell Olson was once a physical education teacher at Bamber Elementary, and while he was there he made a big impact on the students and staff and their health.

In an attempt to get students excited about exercise, back in 1978, Olson started a tradition where he and the kids would run a mile each morning before school.

And while Olson has since retired, 800 students still start their day off this way.

During Friday's celebration, the kids surprised Mr. Olson with a handful of certificates-- including a particularly exciting one from Michelle Obama-- that got the crowd of kids roaring-- after their run, of course.

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