Tie up those laces and stretch out those hamstrings. The Fall Run is back Wednesday, November 9 at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome to participate in this campus-wide race, including students, teachers, staff members–and their children.
“The Fall Run is one of those long-standing traditions we have at Blair,” Associate Head of School Ryan Pagotto ’97 remarked fondly. “It’s a positive tradition that brings the community together to see all our beautiful campus has to offer,” he said, estimating the run has taken place for roughly 40 years now.
Traditions run deep through Blair Academy, and the annual 5K is no exception. The event kicks off with a ceremonial first lap led by the faculty children, who are ushered to the finish line through a human tunnel of cheering spectators. Then, more than 100 runners of varying speeds take off on the 3.1-mile Blair cross country course Haruki Ono ’23 describes as the hardest in the Maple League.
“Going over the hills together brings unity to the community,” Haruki, a cross country captain and two-time run participant, said. “It allows everyone to make new connections with people they didn’t know before.”
The cross country year may have ended with Peddie Day this weekend, but the team still considers the race to be a part of their season.
“Personally, I enjoy running the first half with my non-runner friends then rushing to the end of the race to meet Mr. Thatcher and congratulate everyone coming into the final stretch,” co-captain Isaac Greene ’24 said.
Expect to see a lot more than just Blair’s record-breaking runners tackling the course tomorrow. As part of the School’s commitment to encourage all community members to get moving and be conscious of our health and wellness, the Fall Run hopes to attract walkers, joggers and all those looking to venture out for fun-filled community exercise. There is no need to sign up ahead of time, just show up ready for a challenge!