By KATHRYN ACREE
Braving the chilly early morning temperatures at Sunday’s Kids Mercedes Marathon were more than 120 Oak Mountain Elementary students and three relay teams of OMES teachers and faculty.
The relay teams—Rays of Light, Thomas’ Tweets and Horton’s Whos—were captained by Jennifer Ray, Katie Thomas and new principal Debbie Horton.
To participate in the Kids Marathon, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, students in grades K – 5 join in a five-month endurance building running/walking program, running the distance of a full marathon (26.2 miles) over the course of the program. Students complete their final mile on the actual marathon course to receive a finisher’s medal.