Northeast Kingdom Celebrates 10th Annual Northeast Kingdom Challenge

runNORTHEAST KINGDOM- Saturday was National Make A Difference Day, and two towns in the Northeast Kingdom celebrated by having annual races. The towns of St. Johnsbury and Lyndonville hosted their 10th annual Kingdom Challenge.

Saturday morning started off with the half marathon race in Lyndonville. Runners started at Park Avenue and looped down McGoff Hill road to end in St. Johnsbury.

The 5k that was held in St. Johnsbury had many young participants. The race started and ended at the St. Johnsbury School. The proceeds from both races went to fundraising for the Good Shepard's School in St. Johnsbury.

Event Coordinator, Tim Chamberlin, discussed his experience running the races for the very first time. "This is my first time. I think I am just going to learn as I go. I am the activities director for the Good Shepard School. I think it's great to benefit the school as far as for community. I think all the runners come in and enjoy the community, and it's just an all around great thing for our local schools. I think as long as everybody starts of okay and gets from point A to point B, it's a successful day."

For some, it was their first time running the race, while others have been doing it for five or more years. "This is the second time I've done the Kingdom Challenge. Just doing it to get back into shape and get something to do and get outside. I started out by running down by the railroad tracks down by my house, and now I am running half marathons. It's what it leads to I guess. I get a feeling of not having to worry about life stress it just feels good to be in the moment of being outside and being with other runners and just enjoying the moment," said runner Ira Wheeler.

For Good Shepard's School eighth grade student Rory Higgs, this is his seventh year in a row competing in the Kingdom Challenge. "So I first started the Kingdom Challenge when I was around the second grade, and I've been running this race ever since. It was a really great experience for me to learn a different sport. So it's great that our school does this because it lets people in the community race if they want to race, but at the same time it is funding our school which is a private school. So it's great that we get to do this."

Over 200 people competed in the race.

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