The last event of the school year, the 2013 Young Runners Championship, was much more than a great end to the season. The meet personified the hard work, resilience, and—most importantly—the fun that go into running with Young Runners.
Students from more than 40 New York City schools arrived ready to run, despite forecasts of thunderstorms. Infield fitness activities like potato-sack races and an obstacle course served as a fun way to warm up the kids for competitive running events later in the day.
Eugene, a third grader from PS 123 in Manhattan who also plays on his school’s "Neon Kidz" basketball team, said he loves running because it “helps me be the fastest kid on the court.”
On the track, Randy Nuñez, a member of the Creston Bulldogs of MS 447 in Bronx, won his second 400-meter run title of the season. “I just wanted to impress Coach Warchol,” said Randy, who also took home a first place ribbon at the NYRR Youth Jamboree in May.
Almost immediately after the race a rainstorm arrived and caused a 30-minute delay of the next events. The Young Runners were unfazed. “This rain is nothing. My team is still going to run fast," said Brian, a sixth grader from PS 45 in Queens, as he stretched in the stands.
The last event of the day, the High School Medley Relay, included a team from the High School of Hospitality Management in Manhattan, which was completing their first year with Young Runners. Hector, a sophomore, left the track with a smile and is “excited for another year of running.”