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SES marathoners run like the wind
SNOQUALMIE Mile by mile, students from Snoqualmie
Elementary accomplished a feat that not many people can boast finishing a
Nineteen students committed to the endeavor, but only 14 were able
to cross the finish line at Memorial Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 28. The
kids' race was part of the larger Seattle Marathon which drew more
than 8,000 participants. The youngsters were provided the same amenities
as the adults, with official race numbers, T-shirts, a start and finish line and
a recovery area.
But instead of completing the course in several hours, most of
the mini racers finished in less than 15 minutes. That's because the
students ran 25 miles on their own time and finished the last 1.2 miles at the
Seattle Kids Marathon.
"It was an awesome sight," said Jim McEldowney, the physical
education teacher who coordinated the school's entry into the race. "I
was happy with the numbers. Fourteen [entrants] was more than what
they would've done on their own," he added.
Third-grade students Cheyenne Fredrichs and Molly Acey
were among the students who said they were relieved when they
finally reached their goal.
"When we saw the finish line we said, `Yeah! The faster we run,
we'll get there sooner!'" Acey recalled.
Both girls were determined to finish in style so they studied up on
marathon strategies and got some last-minute advice from Acey's
"Her mom said to go really slow at the beginning and then speed up
at the end," Fredrichs said. "And that's what I did."
"We had to go slow at the beginning," Acey explained. "Because
the grown-ups were going slow."
Every mile that Fredrichs and Acey completed was carefully
recorded on a graph in the school's gymnasium. Acey earned several miles
at each of her soccer practices and games and Fredrichs gained her mileage
from walking her dog Murphy.
Though both girls are "pooped out" from running now, they said
they plan to continue exercising into the new millennium for their health
"I feel a lot healthier and a lot stronger in the legs and I have
more flexibility," Acey said.
"It was very tiring, but it's real fun."