One of the trademarks of Holy Innocents’ student/athletes is the “how may I serve” mentality. A group of rising Golden Bear ninth graders did just that last weekend at the Race 4 Grace 5K last month.
Parker Miles, Joe Sapone, Harrison Fahy, P.J. Mace, and Gavin Miles took part, each competing in a 5K while pushing a competitor with physical limitations. The race was named after Bentley-Grace, who began racing in 2015 as a member of Team Kyle Pease at the 40th annual running of the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, D.C.
Parker is no stranger to push-assist racing; he won the division last month at Lovett with Bentley-Grace in another 5K, while coming in second at the event Saturday. The two were first connected through the Pease Foundation and have since developed a bond in both friendship and competition.
“Running with Bentley-Grace has been a highlight of the year for me,” Parker said. “She is incredibly competitive, and so am I, which makes us a great running team. I love her positive attitude and she’s always cheering me on, which takes my competing to new levels. Every run brings us closer together; I love running for her cause and for the Kyle Pease Foundation.”
Bentley-Grace’s passion for competition and her great spirit for passion have now created and inspired many to participate, whether with physical limitations or not. From the Race 4 Grace website, “the race is her gift to others as a platform and life-changing experience to inspire and motivate everyone to push past whatever obstacles you face and to hit the road to living a purpose driven life.”
Many of our participants were members of last fall’s state championship middle school cross country team and are expected to contribute at the varsity level this fall. Sapone and Miles were among the top of the pack in both region and state competition.
Both varsity squads had great seasons as well. Both the girls and boys won their region titles. The boys then went on to take third in state, while the girls finished fourth. Both at one time were ranked #1 in the state.
Practice for the upcoming season begins in late July.