A Mile to the Finish Line

Kindergartner Hector Baza races for the finish.

Kindergartner Hector Baza races for the finish.

KCSD Kids X-Country Race attracts 67 runners from 11 schools

Sixty-seven students from 11 schools throughout Klamath County participated in the second annual KCSD Kids K-8th X-Country Race Thursday at Stearns Elementary School.

Brandon Powell, race organizer and P.E. teacher at Stearns Elementary School, waived the $1 registration fee. Races were done in three age groups: Kindergarten through second-graders, third- through fifth-graders, and sixth- through eighth-graders.

Oregon Tech’s cross country and track teams helped with the race, and members of the teams led a pre-race group warm up for participants. OIT’s mascot, Hootie the Owl, cheered on the runners, providing motivation along the course.

Each runner raced a grassy, one-mile looping course around the Stearns campus, finishing under an elevated finish line sporting an electric timing clock provided by a local running club, the Linkville Lopers.

Linkville Lopers member Vic Versteeg volunteered his time and expertise to set up and operate the clock. Diane Silberstein with the OSU Extension Service nutrition program provided healthy snacks for all participants.

Powell created the event last year as a way for Stearns students to participate in a running race, and he opened up registration to all Klamath Basin youth.

“I want to help put a spotlight on Stearns Elementary School and show the community the great things happening here well as provide more running opportunities for all youth in the Klamath Basin,” he said.

Press release provided from the Klamath County School District.

Tristan Foltz-Warrior smiles as he runs through the finish chute.

Tristan Foltz-Warrior smiles as he runs through the finish chute.