Polk County middle and high school runners take on White Oak Mountain

Published 7:08 pm Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Polk County Middle and High School runners atop White Oak Mountain. (photo submitted by Jenny Wolfe)

The first Monday of October brings a challenge for the Polk County middle and high school cross-country teams.
The group of runners, parents, coaches and community members, numbering more than 60, gathered to celebrate the 24th annual run up White Oak Mountain. The ascent to 3,084 feet from 1,100 feet in just three miles serves as a confidence booster leading up to the end of-season races for Polk County middle and high school.
Participants completing the run without any walking sign an honor’s pledge earning them the coveted “I conquered White Oak Mountain” T-shirt. The teams celebrate their accomplishments the following Monday with a family pasta dinner at Polk County Middle School.
The coaches said they proud of each runner attempting the challenge and appreciate the support and refreshments at the top of the mountain.
Head Coach Alan Peoples and his wife Harriet sponsored the T-shirts this year in honor of his late mother, Kathleen Peoples.
– article submitted by Jenny Wolfe

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