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Local students 'off and running'

Posted: February 6, 2009 1:58 p.m.
Updated: February 6, 2009 10:58 a.m.

The Santa Clarita Track Club's Students Off And Running (SOAR) division recently completed a rigorous 17-week training program and ran in the 26.2 mile Surf City Marathon on Feb. 1.

Eight Golden Valley High School and Academy of the Canyons students recently completed a rigorous 17- week training program, each logging more than 200 miles in preparation for the 26.2 mile Surf City Marathon on Feb. 1.

Sponsored by Students Off And Running (SOAR), a division of the Santa Clarita Track Club, this program dedicates itself to offering Santa Clarita Valley youth the opportunity to participate in fully supported marathon training while challenging themselves to accomplish something truly extraordinary in a non-competitive arena.

Team co-founder and Head Coach Kevin Sarkissian offered some insight into the group's intent: "Less than one percent of Americans ever complete a full marathon. SOAR is not about recruiting seasoned high school athletes; we're looking for any kid with heart, kids that are willing to commit to a truly life-changing experience."

As a final note - every one of the students in the program completed the full marathon Feb. 1.


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