Seton Track Takes on the Emerald Miles 5k
By Kaylie Brown
On Saturday, March 22, the Seton Track and Field mid-distance and long-distance teams gathered in Newport, Kentucky to compete in a 5k run for the Epilepsy Foundation. The team was not only there to support the Epilepsy Foundation, but to support a former Seton teammate Nicci Stemler and her family, who are a big part of Emerald Miles in the memory of Nicci’s older brother, Dennis Stemler. Dennis went to Elder and was on the cross country team; he passed away on February 24, 2004 from an unexpected seizure. His memory still lives on in the community and hundreds of people gather for the Emerald Miles 5k every year. All of the Seton girls wore long sleeved grey t-shirts with green shamrocks on the front and “remember Dennis” down the arm to show their support.
The race started in Newport and the group of runners and walkers went over the bridge to Cincinnati, made a loop around Sawyer Point to Friendship Park, and then came back over to Kentucky on the Purple People Bridge, where the finish line was waiting at the end of the bridge. The Seton girls loved this 5k and found it fun to get out there and race before the actual season begins. Senior Sydney Schultz said, “It got me pumped up for our first meet of the season and it reminded me of how good it feels to be out there racing.” Many of the Seton runners came in the top ten for their age group and all of the runners finished in under thirty minutes, which is an accomplishment during track season.
After the girls raced and cooled down, they went inside for a breakfast provided by the Epilepsy Foundation including fruit and bagels. Overall, the team was glad they could wake up on a chilly morning to run a race for a great cause and would recommend the Emerald Miles 5k run/walk to anyone!
For more information you can visit the following link: http://www.epilepsy-ohio.org/events/emerald-miles-5k-runwalk-2/
Photo Credit to Jessica Rieskamp