With less than one week until the starting gun sounds, 61 Central Valley Academy seniors have signed up to run the 2017 Mott Marathon. They will be joined by seven relay teams made up of CVA administration, teachers from Jarvis and CVA, and alumni.
Marathon festivities begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 8 on the CVA track. The event features runners, supporters, food, and music.
“Three alumni will return to run the whole distance, ” said race organizer and CVA teacher Jim Mott. “They will be joined by (Barringer Road Principal) Jeremy Rich who will give it another go after tapping out last year after doing 13 miles with no training. I’ve heard he is on the same training program this year.”
For added excitement, Mott has committed to run, walk, and crawl the entire race until the last person finishes. He expects to cover 50 miles.
All marathon proceeds go the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Anyone can sponsor a runner by calling CVA at 315-895-7471. Supporters can also purchase a 2017 marathon t-shirt for $12 (many colors and all sizes still available). Mott will present all donations and gifts at the Relay for Life closing ceremonies on Saturday, June 10 in Herkimer.
The marathon is again sponsored by the CVA Student Council and The Utica Roadrunners. CVA students can check out the runner expo at CVA from 2:30-4 p.m. on June 5-7. The event kicks off with the Jarvis Mile, a mile run for Jarvis Middle School students who finish through a tunnel of senior marathoners. The marathon begins immediately after.