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Beaverton elementary students taking part in 'Kiditarod 2016'

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Hundreds of local students are staying active by counting their steps, and in one classroom, the kids are using the pedometers to follow Iditarod.

Second graders at Sexton Mountain Elementary School are participating in "Kiditarod 2016". The students are following the Iditarod dog sled race, which is underway in Alaska.

Each morning the students assemble in teams of three and write down their pedometer steps from the day before. They then record the numbers on a graph to see where their team is on the sled racing trail and try to find ways to get more steps.

"I would play tag or play with my friends or on the bars or something," said second grader Dominique Kozhevnikov.

"Before I had gotten a pedometer, I thought I was taking like maybe 1,000 steps a day, then when I first tried it out I had 1,000 steps in P.E. and I was like, 'wow, I must be getting a lot more steps than I thought," said second grader Boden MacLean.

Students at Bonny Slope Elementary, West Tualatin View Elementary and Highland Park Middle School are also taking part in pedometer projects.

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