CARY – Cary Junior High will host the second annual 24-Hour Run this week. The run will begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursday and will continue until 3:30 p.m. Friday at the school’s track complex. Cary Junior High is at 2109 Crystal Lake Road in Cary.
According to a release from Sam Natrop, who has ties to Cary Community Consolidated School District 26, 13 teams of either 13 or 14 Cary Junior High runners will compete in the 24-hour event.
Inspired by the Lundahl Middle School 24-hour run, the event in Cary last year brought 98 students and this year is expected to have about 175 runners.
Student teams will run a continuous relay throughout the 24 hours. Each runner is scheduled to run either 12 or 13 miles throughout the night. They will get an average break of about two hours.
“We went and saw what [Lundahl] did and were so impressed,” Cary Junior High physical education teacher and one of the event’s coordinators Julie Bemis said in the release. “We thought, ‘Our kids can do this.’
“We have some incredibly competitive kids, and this type of activities is something out of the ordinary. It takes commitment, discipline and dedication.”