Trinity Runners Help Attempt World Record

On June 28, 100 runners--including 18 people from the Trinity community--set a world record (pending verification) for the 100-by-10-kilometer relay.

Runners from Trinity, Shepard and Richards High Schools, and other local colleges participated in the 625-mile race. Each runner completed 25 laps (about 6.25 miles) around the track, and the effort set an unofficial record of 69:06:52, beating the 77:17:25 record set in 2009.

Joey Lerner ’10, cross country assistant coach at Trinity, served as the co-organizer of the event and has been planning it for the past year.

“We wanted to try and do something that could unite all our different programs and the community,” said Lerner.  “The most exciting thing about this event was the chance to get all our former teammates and athletes back together to do what they've made a living doing--running.”

The event also raised funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of a Community High School District 218 colleague diagnosed with leukemia.

Among the many Trinity alumni was Brian Clark ’13, who handed off the baton to his brother Alex Clark ’17, a member of Trinity’s cross country and track teams.  Alumna Nicole (Hill) Clark, Brian’s wife, also ran.

Lerner said the event was a success. “Through the crazy weather we had, and with all the minor hiccups that could have gone wrong, things went very well and we broke the record by over eight hours.”

Current and former athletes and coaches at Trinity who participated:
Bolaji Adeoti ’10--40:00
Mark Bohdan ’15--36:39
Andy Boss ’17--41:19
Bob Brickman ’03, Track and Field and Cross Country Head Coach--46:50
Diana Brickman ’05, Cross Country Assistant Coach--47:06
Alex Clark ’17--33:56
Brian Clark ’13--38:22
Nicole Clark ’13--49:12
Jeremey Cryan '04--47:28
Andy Jellema ’10--38:09
Ashley Jourdan ’17--41:05
Chris Koutavas ’14--38:57
Joey Lerner ’10--36:49
Daniel Lindbloom, Track and Field Assistant Coach--36:44
Michael Potter ’16--35:31
Laura Simpson ’10--53:53
Sam Staal ’12--40:19
Austin Warner ’11--40:09

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