by Anne Hurley
After a successful return to action following the pandemic, HMRRC’s Just Run Program is back to pre-pandemic numbers, with 1,800 students from 30 elementary schools participating this spring. Just Run is designed to introduce youngsters grades two through six to organized running, sportsmanship and goal setting. Under the leadership of Ken Skinner, volunteers at each school administered a training program that culminated in our Spring Track Meet, held at Mohonasen High School, with invaluable assistance from dozens of HMRRC volunteers as well as coach Sherman and several of his Mohonasen track athletes.
The first session of the meet was held on June 6, 2023. Occasional rain didn’t dampen the fun and enthusiasm, even as thunder and lightning eliminated the last event of the day. When the Canadian wildfires forced a rescheduling of the second session, the program responded as runners do, making the necessary adjustments in scheduling, transportation, and logistics, so that the meet was completed on June 14, 2023. As with the first session, the young athletes were excited to participate, and to cheer on their teammates.
Participants from both sessions came away with a sense of what it is to run with a community, to encourage each other and to feel proud of their individual progress through the program. For the volunteers and spectators, it was proof positive that the running spirit is alive, well, and resilient in the Capital District.
Just Run returns to action in the fall with its Cross Country program, continuing the mission of providing a no cost organized running experience to Capital Region elementary school students.
Volunteers – We thank them because without them, the event could not be!
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Just Run Results
Just Run School Photos by Bill Meehan and Ray Lee