Sue Kiesewetter reports:
Principal Cheryl Montag plans to run around Landen Lake across the street from J.F. Burns Elementary School long after she completes the Sept. 14 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Great American Ball Park.
Not only does she enjoy the exercise, but she’s thinking ahead to next spring and her next walk around the lake after her school’s annual Laps for Literacy program ends.
Next May will be the program’s 15th year. Each year she tells her students and staff she will walk a lap – nearly three miles – around the lake for every 150,000 minutes they read for fun between January and April.
“Our students and staff have become very competitive among the classes, so I anticipate another record being broken next year,” she says.
In May students and staff read a record-setting 1,273,817 minutes. Her walk was nearly 24 miles – nearly twice as long as the half-marathons she’s run in the past.
She anticipates her May 2014 walk will be even longer.
That’s why she will continue to train either at Landen Lake or the Little Miami bike trail.
“It took all day. I finished as the rain drops started. The rain cooled things down; it was a blessing,” Montag said. “We started at 9 a.m. and finished by 3:30 p.m.”