WEST HARTFORD Among the 15,000 runners who took to the streets Saturday for ING Hartford Marathon races were dozens of students from two local schools.
Fifteen students from Sedgwick Middle School and 35 students from Webster Hill Elementary School participated in the Jeff’s Running Partners relay program, completing the half marathon as relay teams and raising money for charity.
Teachers and parents run with the kids, and students each run a mile. The entire team meets at the 13 mile mark to finish the last tenth of a mile and cross the finish line together.
Seventh grade health teacher Craig Archambault said he decided Air Jordan Spizike to start the program at Sedgwick last year. Students join a club and practice for the run once a week from the beginning of the school year, and sell ads for a race guide they create to raise money for charity, Archambault said.
Last year, they ran the full marathon and raised money for H2O For Life. This Nike KD 7 year, they completed the half marathon. Though all the donations aren’t in yet, they’ve raised “a few hundred” for Autism Speaks, Archambault said.
“I tell them we do it for three reasons,” Archambault said. “Number one, you get to experience Hartford’s biggest race Number two, they get to see people going after their goals and dreams, and number three, we’re running for a great cause. There’s people less fortunate than us, and we’re helping others.
“The kids loved it; Air Jordan 9s they loved being on the course,” he said.
Webster Hill students have participated for the better part of a decade, Principal Jeff Wallowitz said. This year, they ran with parent Tim Air Jordan 6s Schulken and staff members. They raise money for the school’s Goodwill Fund.
“It’s a great collaborative activity. When you run that last tenth of a mile with all of the kids, it’s just a really powerful moment,” Wallowitz said.
The Hartford Marathon Foundation created the school relay program in memory of Jeff Partridge, a founding board member, Air Jordan 10s according to its website. More than 2,250 students have raised more than $160,000 for charities through the program since 2002.