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Runathon raises money for LAHS cross country

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By Phil Scherer

Each year, the Los Alamos High School cross country team holds a Runathon, where students run around the Sullivan Field track as many times as possible in an hour to earn donations for the program. 

The students are required to collect pledges from community members in the weeks leading up to the event. These can be a flat donation, or an increasing amount depending on how many laps or miles are run. 

Every athlete is required to obtain 10 or more pledges, or $75 in donations. 

This is the team’s largest fundraiser of the year, and helps pay for uniforms, travel expenses, team awards, entry fees and other miscellaneous costs. 

Thursday night, not even dropping temperatures, swirling winds and the threat of storms could slow down the runners, who were determined to earn as much money as possible. 

One of the unique aspects of the event is that the runners are encouraged to dress up in costumes. This year, many of the varsity boys ran the race shirtless with green skirts on top of their running shorts, while many girls dressed up in white t-shirts and red suspenders.

With the fundraiser now behind the team, the focus shifts back to competition. The Hilltoppers will get back to action next weekend with a trip to Taos for the Taos Invitational, just the second meet of the season. 

At the first meet of the year, the UNM Invitational, the girls finished in second place and the boys finished third, with both groups having multiple runners near the top of the leader board.