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2015 World Marathon Challenge Result

Running on a measured 200m track on the field of Lawfield Elementary School, 34 grades 6 and 7 school-age children - 16 boys and 16 girls - competed against 70 different teams around the world. They were able to place 31st with a time of 2:15:43, despite running on a wet track and being soaked by a steady drizzle.

In its 8th year, the World Marathon Challenge (WMC) is a relay event that takes place at various venues around the world. Each venue may host a single team or teams of students from different schools that compete against each other and other teams around the world. Each team runs a full marathon distance of 42.195km, attempting to collectively beat the men’s world marathon record of  2:02:57, set by Dennis Kimetto of Kenya on September 28, 2014, at the Berlin Marathon.

At last year’s event, Lawfield, with Highfield Elementary School in attendance, was able to place an impressive 17th overall, surpassing the women’s world record of 2:15:25, set by Paula Radcliffe of the United Kingdom on April 13, 2003, at the London Marathon. Lawfield’s time was 2:11:21.

This event, in accordance with all OT Fitness events, promotes teamwork in a fun, safe and active way. Students are encouraged to support each other and work together to attain a common goal. The WMC gives students insight on the incredible effort, perseverance and work ethics it takes for 1 individual to accomplish what 34 students attempt to achieve.

The Marathon Challenge is a great event to celebrate schools Terry Fox Runs. If you are interested in providing this opportunity for your student body, please contact our office