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Tenth Mott Marathon to honor Jack Day

Photo of marathon runners

Runners get set for the 2015 Mott Marathon. This year’s marathon honors the life of Jack Day (Ilion ’11).

This year’s marathon will be like no other. For ten years, the marathon has raised money and awareness for several causes impacting our communities and school district. This year, celebrates the life of 2011 Ilion graduate Jack Day. Jack continues to impact the the lives of students and faculty in a positive and meaningful way. The Class of 2016 will embody his legacy and fighting spirit when they step onto the Central Valley Academy track on Thursday, June 9.

Since the first Mott Marathon in 2006, 137 senior students have completed the full distance—105 laps, 26.2 miles.

The first marathon began as a bet between Eric Lachacz and his teacher, Jim Mott. Lachacz teased Mott for running the Boston Marathon in a slow 3 hours and 51 minutes. Mott responded by challenging Lachacz to match the effort on the flattest course on the best day of the year. The one condition was that Lachacz needed to raise money for a cause. Lachacz accepted and slogged the distance in 5 hours and 45 minutes.

Every year since, more seniors want to meet the challenge. Last year, 33 successfully finished and in the process raised $2,000 in honor of physical education teacher Jane Connors who was battling breast cancer. She now has a clean bill of health.

This year to commemorate the 10th running, all past participants including Lachacz are being invited back. Past participants can choose to run the whole distance to try and better their time or they can form a relay team of four or six runners. CVA administration, faculty, and staff are also invited to participate this year as individuals or as part of a relay team. CVA Principal Dick Keeler announced his relay team. Mott will run as an individual. Members of Jack’s family are also running as a team.

The event will again be sponsored by The Utica Roadrunners and the CVA Student Council. The Roadrunners have sponsored the event for the past four years, supplying shirts for the finishers and an official clock. The Roadrunners might also send a team of runners. The event will feature food, drinks, and music. Rumor is that one of our area’s biggest bands will be playing on the school football field as well.

To sponsor a runner or get more information about the event contact Jim Mott at