By Johnny Russell ’22
On April 14, English teacher Ms. Kristyn Wilson devised a new idea to keep the Woodberry community unified during these uncertain times. With submissions starting on April 25 and ending on May 5, the Tiger 10k welcomes any student, faculty, staff, parent, alumnus, or friend of the school to compete. The race can be completed on a road, treadmill, or track, and can be timed using a watch or fitness app. When done, the runners must enter their times into a Google Doc, which will allow them to be shipped a Tiger 10k magnet as a reward for completing the race. The top finishers in each category will receive a Woodberry bumper sticker.
Almost a week into the challenge, the 10k has had a very positive impact on the community.
“It’s been great to see participation from alumni and others related to the school,” Wilson said. “It’s been a great turnout, and I hope many more continue to submit times.”
Faculty members such as Ms. Wilson, Mr. Scotty Braswell, and Mr. Tyler Campbell have made videos challenging students to complete the race. For example, Braswell, in a video in which he looked exhausted from the run, challenged seniors Miller King, Colin Kovacs, and Will Jones. Although we cannot play competitive sports this spring, this 10k has gotten the competitive juices flowing.
However, it’s not just the students of the Woodberry community who have been competing. Mrs. Becky Lavoie and Mrs. Maggie Leahy have completed the race, rumors are flying that Ms. Rob may compete, and let’s not forget about Sipho, Mr. Hale’s dog, who surely runs a 10k just about every day. So far, 5th former Peter Moore is leading the pack with a time of 41 minutes, but there is still lots of time for someone to challenge him.
Although we cannot get in the Glover Center or run on the Perimeter Trail this spring, hopefully we can use the Tiger 10k as an opportunity to get active as a community.