Annual Holy Half Marathon raises money for Direct Relief

first_imgKat Robinson | The Observer This year’s Holy Half Marathon and 10k races saw over 1600 participants. The event raised money for Direct Relief, an organization serving those impacted by natural disasters.This year, the proceeds from the registration fees are going to Direct Relief, which is helping those affected by recent natural disasters.“This year, in light of all the natural disasters that have been in Houston, Puerto Rico, Florida — we decided to give back to a natural disaster relief charity,” Lyons said.Lyons said the Holy Half started 14 years ago to raise money for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.“This year we thought it would be cool to go back to the roots of the race,” she said.One of the best parts of the race is the mix of people who run, Lyons said.“We definitely have people who are really serious about running and running it for time and that’s so great to see to give them a place to do that, but then we also have so many first-time runners,” she said. “ … The community element is really great.”Flannan Hehir, a senior and the winner of this year’s half marathon, said the cause is one of the reasons he runs.“The cause is such a great thing,” he said. “I think so many of your peers are out there supporting you and you’re supporting them, so it’s kind of a mutual relationship where people benefit a lot. … It’s always a cool race.”Daniel Duran, a senior who ran the 10k, said the cause and the motivation to workout were reasons he ran.“You give money to a good cause, and working out is always good for you,” he said. “It gives you a good excuse to get in shape again.”To organize the race, Lyons said the club of just over 10 members has to handle a variety of tasks ranging from obtaining sponsors, overseeing registration, printing t-shirts and medals and coordinating the course logistics.“Every part of the year we’re doing something different,” she said. “In the beginning of the year it’s a lot about contacting charities and sponsors and trying to get that squared away, and then we have to handle everyone’s registration and make sure that gets publicized. In the spring, it’s a lot of planning the logistics of the course and coordinating all the deliveries and making sure everything is squared away.”Not all clubs on campus necessarily allow students to organize an event from start to finish, which is one of the things sophomore Abby Smith, secretary of the Holy Half club and race director, said she likes about the Holy Half.“We never really stop planning it,” she said. “ … It’s also a lot of cross-communication. You’re not just planning something with one person. You have to talk to four or five different people from different areas of the University that make sure things get done.”Senior Katie Lee, the vice president of the club and a race director, said seeing the end of the race makes the work worth it.“It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s really rewarding to see everyone finishing and have everyone’s friends and families cheering them on,” she said. “We get a lot of good feedback, so getting that makes it worth it.”The club members rely on the help of volunteers, especially at the water stations. Some of the water stations are manned by dorms on campus, such as the Flaherty water station.“We have a lot of girls in Flaherty who run the Holy Half, so it’s fun to support them,” Emma Gentine, a junior who was working the station, said. “ … All the runners are very appreciative of everyone who volunteers, and you can make it a lot of fun just screaming and cheering for people, so it’s definitely worth it.”Hannah Morris, a sophomore in Flaherty who also worked the station, said holding out water is something easy to do for those running 13.1 miles.“People are always very friendly and seeing their smiling faces as they grab a cup of water is a pretty nice moment,” she said.Tags: 10k, Direct Relief, half marathon, Holy Half, Holy Half Marathon Over 1600 runners participated in this year’s Holy Half Marathon and 10k races, which were held Saturday. Senior Anna Lyons, the president of the Holy Half club and one of the race directors, said 300 people participated in the 10k and 1300 runners participated in the half marathon. Lyons said an additional 500 runners were on this year’s wait list.“It’s such a great tradition,” she said. “People get so excited about it. We have alumni come in, families come in to watch their kids run or run with them. The students train really hard for it. … All the money goes to charity, so it’s for a really great cause.”last_img read more

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LeBron James vows return to playoffs after disappointing season

first_imgLeBron James might miss out on the NBA playoffs this season but the Lakers forward is confident he will be back in the postseason mix in years to come.James’ first year in LA has not gone to plan as the Lakers have struggled for consistency and the 34-year-old has struggled with injury. Kevin Durant injury update: Warriors F (ankle) will not play vs. Rockets NBA wrap: DeMar DeRozan lifts Spurs over Mavs on road A game-high 36 points from James helped the Lakers snap a five-game losing streak on Tuesday in a 123-107 win over the Chicago Bulls. It is unlikely to be enough to extend the Lakers’ season, but James believes they will be playoff contenders in the future.”I’ll be watching it if we’re not there, and it looks like our chances are slim to none after each and every game,” he told reporters. “And so many teams in the West are playing well. So you try to get better, but this won’t be the last time I’ll be in the postseason.” Related Newscenter_img He added: “Obviously, I would love for the team to be in the postseason. But right now, it’s not the hand I was dealt, so you play the hand that you were dealt until the dealer shuffles the cards and you’re dealt another hand and can do that.”LeBron James led the way with 36 points and 10 boards in tonight’s #LakersWin in Chicago. pic.twitter.com/cPOJLppXoM— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 13, 2019And James says the final matches of the season could be crucial in helping the young Lakers squad. “We’re still playing playoff teams,” James said. “For our young guys to be able to play playoff teams on the road, it’s very key for their development still.”We have an opportunity on this road trip. We go into Toronto our next game. We go into Detroit, who’s a playoff team. We go into Milwaukee at the end of the trip. All playoff teams, all good teams. “Those games will be like playoff games, if we want them to be. They’ll get an opportunity to learn, and I get an opportunity to play with them, so we can take that out of it for sure.”last_img read more

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CECAFA U-20, Uganda optimistic of defeating Sudan

first_imgEritrea will play Djibouti at 2:00 pm while Uganda faces Sudan in the final last group A game at 4:00 Pm Pece Stadium.Sudan lead group A with four points, Uganda second while Eritrea and Djibouti are third and fourth respectively.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Hippos head coach Morley Byekwaso has said his team will defeat Group A leaders Sudan, in the last group game in the on-going CECAFA U-20 challenge cup.Byekwaso in an interview on Wednesday says that he has been emphasizing ball possession and physicality as well as clinical finishing especially in the final third of the pitch.Byekwaso however says, Sudan is a matured team and needs to be approached cautiously.Mohamed Mousa the Sudan head coach says his players are confident and ready for their last group game.Mousa says during their training they focused on the defensive midfield and defence especially after seeing Uganda score five goals past Djibouti on Monday.last_img read more

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New development system starting to pay off for US

first_imgIn this April 2 photo, U.S. defenseman DeAndre Yedlin (2) moves down field against Mexico during the second half of an international friendly soccer match in Glendale, Ariz. Yedlin was named to the current 23-man roster by coach Jurgen Klinsmann two weeks ago, doing so after spending his amateur years as a member of the Seattle Sounders FC Academy team. (AP Photo/Rock Scuteri, File)Tab Ramos, then just 15, remembers walking off the field after what he thought would be his last practice with the under-20 United States soccer team.Ramos was only training with the older players because of his state coach’s national-team ties, and he thought his weeklong visit was over. But the youngster had opened the eyes of the national team coaches.“I basically just got lucky,” said Ramos, now an assistant coach for the U.S. men’s national team and the head coach of the under-20 team. “It was a complete surprise for me, because I didn’t even think it was a tryout. I thought I was just playing.”Ramos’ fortunate discovery out of the New Jersey high school ranks in the early 1980s was a sign of a U.S. development system in desperate need of an overhaul.Ramos played in three World Cups, and the American team has qualified for seven straight. But those teams were put together without a centrally organized scouting system to identify and train the best teen players. In 2006, tired of counting on good fortune to put the players with the most potential in front of national coaches, the U.S. Soccer Federation began to study its development system in earnest.What it found was “a little bit of a free-for-all,” said Tony Lepore, the U.S. director of scouting. In addition for the need for better scouting, the top players weren’t getting the best training techniques.“Our elite players were playing way too many matches, and all of them were win-at-all-costs and not about development first,” Lepore said.After studying youth development programs across the world, the U.S. began to implement its revamped system in 2007 — modeled heavily after soccer powers such as Spain and Germany.The overhaul was based on having a number of soccer academies across the country, all under the umbrella and watch of U.S. Soccer and tasked with developing and eventually feeding elite players to the national team.The effort started with 63 clubs, a number that’s since grown to almost 100. More than 6,000 youth players, beginning at the under-13 level, now train with and play against other future national-team hopefuls 10 months out of the year — doing so under uniform rules of play and training.And they all do so with a clear path to the national team right in front of them, thanks to a network of scouts focused on the progress of talent in the academy system.“A huge part of the academies is that’s where all the top players migrate to, if they are serious and motivated,” Lepore said. “If they want to reach their potential, they need to be with an academy club.”Most of the current U.S. squad that’s headed to Brazil for this year’s World Cup predates the current academy system, but the national team is starting to reap the rewards of the revamped model.DeAndre Yedlin, 20, was named to the current 23-man roster by coach Jurgen Klinsmann two weeks ago, doing so after spending his amateur years as a member of the Seattle Sounders FC Academy team.The defender earned his fourth cap for the U.S. in a 2-1 win over Turkey last weekend, and he’s likely on his way to becoming a national team stalwart after being named a Major League All-Star last year.Another future national team hopeful — and academy product — is Columbus Crew midfielder Wil Trapp. The 21-year-old Trapp made the Crew’s academy team as a freshman in high school, later going on to play collegiately for two seasons at Akron and for the under-20 U.S. national team.Trapp managed to play two years with his high school team in Gahanna, Ohio, unlike some players who live and train on site at different academies. He said the high school and academy environments were far different, though he enjoyed both.“You were in a completely different situation (at the academy), where there’s national team scouts at every game,” Trapp said. “It’s just a different level.”In addition to his time with the senior national team, Ramos is also the coach of the under-20 U.S. squad.Ramos believes the academy system will be a key for U.S. team in the near future.“When we came up at 17, 18, 19 years old 25-30 years ago, we were basically clueless about the game,” Ramos said. “We were just kids playing soccer. Now we have at 17, 18, 19, now we have soccer players coming up, not kids playing soccer.”last_img read more

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MS Dhoni’s future important point in agenda as selectors meet ahead of Bangladesh series

first_imgAdvertisement zz0lpsNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsahWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E73zn( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5nusWould you ever consider trying this?😱v0tt8nCan your students do this? 🌚mw8sRoller skating! Powered by Firework As Sourav Ganguly takes his position as the new BCCI president, a lot of decisions will have to be taken that would decide the course of the Indian team in the near future.Advertisement  The Dhoni hiatus is one area that Ganguly will have to discuss with the former Indian Captain.Advertisement Ganguly is also expecting to meet Kohli after the South Africa series. The meet will primarily be to discuss the possibility of Kohli skipping the Bangladesh t20 series for fitness purposes.“I will meet him (Kohli) just like a BCCI president meets the Indian captain. It’s upto him to decide if he wants rest,” Ganguly told reporters.Advertisement Team selection issues will also bother Ganguly. Nadeem or Kuldeep will be a big call and should Rishabh Pant be played over the freshly recovered Wriddhiman Saha. Advertisementlast_img read more

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