CCSD Counts Down to the 2012 Charleston Marathon!
The 2012 Charleston Marathon—the Lowcountry's premier racing opportunity which also features half marathon, 5K, youth marathon, and bike ride components—is January 13-15, a little over a week away.
You may already know that this phenomenal annual event draws athletes from across the country and around the world. In addition, you may be aware that the proceeds benefit arts programs in Charleston County School District (CCSD) schools.
However, are you also familiar with the countless ways in which CCSD students and schools are actively involved in the planning process and during the race?
Art, Art Everywhere!
The event reflects the profound impact and importance of the district's arts programming.
For example, students from over 30 CCSD schools have created barricades which will line the race route, and 15 performing groups (including student groups) will showcase their talents and keep runners entertained along the course. Of the three bands performing at the finish line party, one includes a CCSD student and another features a district employee. As part of a competitive grant program in which art supplies were provided, student artists at five schools produced sculptures which will be featured at the expo.
Students Don Their Sneakers!
Over 300 children have already signed up for the Charleston Youth Marathon, which is open to individuals ages 7-17 years old who are in good health. It is a modified marathon, which means the student runs or walks 25 miles prior to race day, and then completes the final 1.2 miles on January 13 on the official Marathon Course.
The Youth Marathon is free, and every participant receives an official Charleston Youth Marathon Medal.
CCSD Volunteers, Adopts Miles, & Motivates
CCSD students, staff, and parents will be well-represented throughout the weekend.
Student and faculty groups from across the county have already committed to volunteer before, during, and after the event. Opportunities include promoting the event, assembling registration and award materials, setting up or cleaning up for each of the events, assisting with information and registrations, supporting athletes and other volunteers, and much more.
Numerous schools have agreed to "adopt a mile." Mile adoption means that the school has committed volunteers, performers and possibly a student art exhibit all focused on one particular stretch of the course.
And the CCSD community will also be in full-force along the course route, encouraging and rooting on the athletes!
It's not too late for you to get involved as an athlete, volunteer, or other supporter!
We hope to see you January 13-15 for Charleston Marathon fun!