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Persevering to the Finish Line

With over 300,000 participants, volunteers, and spectators, the Chevron Houston Marathon is the largest single-day sporting event in Houston. It’s also a record breaking event where athletes are known to not only break course records but set American records and set the stage for Boston Marathon or Olympic qualifiers. 

The race weekend kicks off with a 5K race; a perfect warm-up for seasoned runners, or a great event for the family to do together. Head of Middle School, Charlie Gramatges, Visual Communications Specialist, Jessica Wright, PE Teacher, Casey Rosselet, and 8th grade student, David Carbajal kicked off the weekend with the We Are Houston 5K. With almost 4,000 participants from kids to the elderly, the weekend was kicked off by this family friendly event. “I had to postpone my half marathon this year” said Wright. “I want to make sure that I’m staying active for both the health of myself and for my baby and being 9 months pregnant the 5K was the better choice. I’m looking forward to running the half  next year!” 

People start running for a variety of reasons. Some run because they want to lose weight, or improve their health, or simply try something new. Whatever the reason, most people experience many physical, mental and emotional benefits of the sport. “I decided to run the race because I wanted to support my wife as she committed to run and we thought it would be fun to compete together!” said Gramatges. “Additionally, I have been recovering from a surgery to repair my left Achilles tendon and felt ready for the challenge. The hardest part was the beginning - trying to navigate around all the different running paces was a challenge! My wife was my inspiration and I would certainly do it again!  Maybe next time I’ll do the 1/2 marathon.”

For 8th grade student, Neel Mogri, running the half marathon was a family affair. “It was my mom who inspired me to participate, she had been doing them a while before I started!” said Mogri. “The hardest part for me was the last 3 miles, when I felt that I ran out of gas, it was adrenaline that kept me going.  I would definitely do it again, I loved the experience of doing the half marathon! This was actually my second time doing it, and I’ve already registered for next year!”

“This was my first Marathon, and I had set a goal to run a marathon before I was 30.” said Rosselet. “The hardest part was from mile 22-25, at this point your legs hurt and you are exhausted. Once I hit the entrance into downtown at mile 25, I forgot about all the pain I was in and it was such a great feeling. The emotions are so high, you almost want to cry (okay maybe I cried a little bit,) because I DID IT! I could see the finish line and people lining the streets downtown all the way to the finish line. Everybody at School was so supportive as well as my family. It was so awesome to see people I knew at different miles along the way. Hearing my parents and my husband cheering me on along the course was extremely special. I also saw some Presbyterian friends along the way, hearing “Coach R” at mile 22 was the best feeling ever.” Rosselet added that she has already signed up for the 2023 marathon. 

So on January 15, 2023 keep an eye out and cheer for these runners or even join them as they once again persevere to the finish lines.

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