Old Rochester Regional Junior High School students, staff, and families finished their second annual marathon last week, and while their overall time of six weeks might not seem impressive on the surface, it represents a significant achievement.
Upward of 100 participants ran the marathon in two-mile bursts during the last month and a half of school, keeping track of their progress along the way. With 25 miles under their belts, they tackled the final 1.2 miles amid a celebration of classes ending and an event t-shirt sale benefitting the school and The One Fund.
Faculty member and marathon organizer Melanie Lean said that the event gave the ORRJHS community a chance to get fit and accomplish a goal.
“It was fun training with friends and teachers,” Alissya Silva said. “It’s good physical activity that we had to make time for, which I liked.”
Eli Spevack closed the proceedings in style, impressively running the last 1.2 miles while juggling. His assembled classmates lined the ORR track watching in awe.
“I thought it was a great event,” Spevack said. “I had a little trouble at the beginning today, but I kept a pretty steady pace.”
By Shawn Badgley