NNPS contributes helping hands and fast feet during One City Marathon
Posted: March 14, 2019
One City Marathon weekend came and went with NNPS students and staff lending a helping hand and fast feet to make the weekend's races a success.
Everything a runner experienced during the weekend events involved Newport News Public Schools students and staff. Students from Enterprise Academy stuffed goody bags for runners as a service-learning project. The bags were picked up by participants during the Health and Wellness Expo on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, at the Denbigh Community Center.
Seventy-two NNPS buses transported runners to the marathon and half-marathon start lines on Sunday morning.
Before the start of the marathon, half marathon and 8k, NNPS students performed the National Anthem and presented to the U.S. and state flags.
For the One City Marathon, Naomi Hurt, a senior at Denbigh High School, delivered the National Anthem with members of the Denbigh High School ROTC presenting colors.
At the half marathon start line, Abigail Powell, a freshman at Menchville High School, performed the National Anthem, and members of the Menchville High School ROTC presented colors.
To kick off the Maritime 8K, Lyric Slaughter, a sophomore at Warwick High School sang the national anthem and the Heritage High School ROTC presented colors before the start.
Woodside, Denbigh and Warwick high schools had cheer stations along the marathon route and students and staff were out early to encourage the field of runners.
Students and staff alike also participated in the races. Most notably, Chief of Staff Rashard Wright and Chief Academic Officer Brian Nichols ran their first half marathon and marathon respectively, with 32 employees registering for the marathon, half marathon or 8k. Nearly 630 students participated in the Nautical Mile representing two early childhood centers, 14 elementary schools and two middle schools.