Hershey Students Just Run!
Hershey Montessori School wound down this year’s Just Run® program with its last practice on Thursday, May 25, with a total of thirty-one students. The program readied students for the Just Run 5K race that was held on Saturday, May 27, in Fairport Harbor. Thirty students participated — Hershey’s biggest group ever to represent our school community.
We are grateful to Cheryl McGovern, Hershey Elementary Assistant and Outdoor & Physical Education Coordinator, for leading Hershey’s Just Run group, and to Jennifer Finan, Johan van der Wee, Lakisha Wingard, Saren Peetz, and Venus Kohler for their assistance with the program.
“The energy before the race was palpable and contagious!,” said Cheryl. “They kept up their energy during the race, with the first Hershey runner crossing the finish line in 30th place out of 768 runners!”
A total of four Hershey runners placed in the top 50. Eleven finished in the top 100. One Hershey runner placed in the top 10 Female Runners category, and another placed in the top 20.
“Most importantly, all who began the race crossed the finish line, with our last two crossing holding hands with smiling faces!” enthused Cheryl. “One of my favorite parts was that so many [Hershey runners and supporters] stayed around as the race was winding down that we were able to provide loud cheers for the very last runner! The young girl went from looking a little confused to wearing a broad smile as she realized the cheers were for her.
The sense of community was strong throughout the event, as a school and in our participation with the Fairport Harbor Just Run 5k community.
We congratulate all the students who took part in Just Run and extend gratitude to all the families for their support.
Just Run is a free, multifaceted youth fitness program developed by the Big Sur Marathon Foundation. It promotes fitness, healthy eating, good citizenship, and pride in accomplishment. It promotes exercise and the sport of running. Virtual runs across the USA and Europe link points of interest and geographical and historical sites, making it educational as well.