The Central Valley Academy track will again be the site of this year’s Mott Marathon Challenge at 3:20 p.m. on Thursday, June 11. A record field of 40 CVA seniors will run 105 laps around the track as members of CVAStrong, raising money for the American Cancer Society. The choice of this year’s charity reflects the many faculty and friends whose lives have been touched by cancer over the past year. The Utica Roadrunners will again co-sponsor the marathon.
The Mott Marathon Challenge began in 2006 when senior Eric Lachacz bragged to his teacher and marathon runner Jim Mott, that running a marathon would be easy and require no training. Lachacz did more than boast. He promised to run a marathon and to raise money for charity. He ultimately finished the 26.2 miles in 5 hours and 45 minutes.
Lachacz’s legacy continues each year as graduating seniors follow in his fundraising/running footsteps. Over the years, the marathon has raised thousands of dollars, benefitting many Mohawk Valley families and causes. Last year, 29 of the 32 entrants finished the event, raising $600 for the American Heart Association in honor and in memory of MaryKatherine Maxson. She was the daughter of Central Valley teacher and cross country coach Charles Maxson.
The marathon record is 3 hours and 45 minutes set by Pat Squire in 2009.
This year’s runners are hoping to raise more than $5,000 to break the previous mark of more than $4,000. Residents may support runners by making checks payable to: American Cancer Association. Donations will be accepted at the track during the event or may be mailed to Jim Mott, c/o CVA, 111 Frederick Street, Ilion, NY 13357.
“Any support will be appreciated for this very unique event that truly shows that kids are very giving and determined people,” said Mr. Mott.
The public is invited to the event to help encourage the runners and to support the cause. Admission is free.
Fans may purchase t-shirts and refreshments from the concession stand during the run. Music and other entertainment will continue throughout the event until the last runner crosses the finish line.
Finishers will receive medals, t-shirts, and certificates noting their accomplishments.
Anyone interested in supporting a runner or the marathon in general or with any questions is asked to contact Jim Mott at email@example.com.