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Off and running: Ramsdell running club boasts 90 members

Last fall, Ramsdell Elementary Principal Eric Varney asked staff to think of ideas for various clubs as a way to provide the students an opportunity to pursue a current interests or to try something new.

A combined effort on a new club was founded when Tracey Fanning, Maggie Deegan and Paula Tucker formed the running club as a way to give the students an opportunity to try something they already were familiar with while at the same time teaching them importance of keeping fit and improving their overall health.

The club had its initial start last fall with 70 runners. The club had shirts made referring to themselves as "The Ramsdell Running Club."

Many staff members at Ramsdell volunteered to help and the fall club ended their season with the festival of races.

After the winter season, an additional 20 students became involved with the club. Their end-of season event was cross-country meet held on the High School's cross-country course. Seventy-three students participated in the 1.5 mile cross country event.

More JE staff and students stepped up to volunteer to make this event a success.

Vinny Smith prepared the course and provided music, John Brickner, JE's athletic trainer, kept the runners hydrated and was on hand in case of injury; Bruce Derrick, modified track coach, organized his team as course spotters and escorts; Roger Roman coordinated the race, JE varsity runners helped to pace the runners. Bill Vita from Advanced Meal provided healthy frozen juice bars for the participants. Athletic Director Brad Hamer, along with many JE staff and families of the runners encouraged runners throughout the race.

Race results

Top Finishers:

Girls overall: Abby Gugel (5th grade) 11:27; Makayla Castaldo (3rd grade) 12:29; Mary Dristle (4th grade) 12:46. Boys overall: Logan Schwarting (5th grade) 11:06; Billy Poticher (5th grade) 11:20; Matthew McGinn (5th grade) 11:59.

Top finishers by grade level:

Boys 5th grade: Logan Schwarting 11:06; Billy Poticher 11:20; Matthew McGinn 11:59. Boys 4th grade: Michael Simpson 12:57; Daniel Kuehnle 13:42; Alex Parkolap 13:43. Boys 3rd grade: Dylan Schaub 12:28; Ethan Kinney 12:47; Ethan Fraser 14:00. Girls 5th grade: Abby Gugel 11:27; Torey Kopp 13:03; Hannah Holden 13:07. Girls 4th grade: Mary Dristle 12:46, Antonia Malvaso 13:07, Alexis Fietta 14:25. Girls 3rd grade: Makayla Castaldo 12:29, Theresa Dristle 14:28, Abby Ekross 15:30.

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