Friday, May 22, 2009

Visit to Alexandria School with Ethiopian Elite athletes

I was treated to a special experience today, and I wanted to share it with you.  Three of our Ethiopian elite athletes, Mulugeta Wami, Rehima Kedir and Martha Markos, were kind enough to spend their afternoon with the students of Alexandria School, near Beverly and Vermont.  The visit was arranged in conjunction with our Springfield KidsMarathon program, and all of the kids in attendance are currently part of that program.  Rod Dixon was our master of ceremonies, and LA Marathon President Russ Pillar was there to speak to everyone as well.  Our good friend Iyob from the LA Roadrunners served as the translator--there are 140 Ethiopian dialects!  After leading the kids in some stretches, our guests from Africa led the students on several laps of the school yard.  The afternoon ended with an autograph session, and it was a day the kids won't soon forget.


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