While most track and field athletes are beginning their competitive seasons this weekend, the runners at Highland Park High School in Illinois will be devoting their time to raising money for a charitable cause. Annually since 2005, the track and field teams have participated in a 24-hour relay as a fund raiser. Last year, the event raised $19,400 for the Saving Tiny Hearts Society. Overall, the school raised nearly $140,000 last year.
“Most of the school groups do bake sales, silent auctions, or raffles,” junior organizer Lucas Nudelman said.
The relay was created in 2005 by Zack Weinberg, a Highland Park track athlete. The annual charity donation drive began as a school-wide project in 1994. This year’s charity is the Leukemia Research Foundation.
The boys and girls teams will participate in the relay, with distance runners taking up most of the mileage. Everyone on the team will run at least one mile. According to Nudelman, the team expects to run more than 200 miles during the 24 hours.
Donors can make a flat contribution or pledge a specific amount per mile. The run will kick off Friday at 10:30 a.m. and go for 24 hours.
For more information, or to make a donation, go to http://24hour-run.com