Confluence runners take on challenge of Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis race series
Confluence runners take on challenge of Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis race series
Posted on 10/31/2013

A marathon is 26.2 miles. A half-marathon is 13.1 miles. Both distances take months of training – gym workouts, strength training, short runs and long runs – to prepare for the challenge of a race, from the start line to the finish line.

On Sunday, October 27, more than 13,000 runners and walkers participated in the Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis race series. The race included a marathon, a half-marathon, a 2-person half-marathon relay and a mini-marathon.

Among those thousands of runners were Confluence Charter Schools’ staff who took on the challenge of running their way through St. Louis in the half-marathon distance: Sarah Lofton and Lacqweda Taylor, academy directors at Confluence Academy-South City; Meghan Neunaber, second grade, and Greg Jones, social studies, from Confluence Academy-Old North; and Dr. Jim Walters, director of professional learning and teacher support, Resource Office.

The races started downtown at Tucker Boulevard at Market Street at 7:00 a.m. The half-marathon course included sites, neighborhoods and landmarks such as City Garden, Busch Stadium, the Arch, Washington Avenue, Grand Center, Saint Louis University, The Grove on Manchester, the Botanical Gardens, Tower Grove, Lafayette Square and back downtown to the finish line at 15th and Chestnut. The marathon course took runners to Central West End, Forest Park and back to the city.

medalFinishers receive a medal as a reward for their effort and endurance. 

Every runner has a story to tell after a big race. But this time, we just asked our Confluence runners to give their thoughts on the race in about 25 words.

“It was a great race. Lots of fun…so fun I contemplated taking the course for the full!”
~Meghan Neunaber

“We trained together, ran together, finished together, and now are sore together!”
            ~Sarah Lofton and Lacqweda Taylor

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“I had a great time running, even though it was cold! There were a lot of people cheering us on, which made it all the better.”  ~ Greg Jones

“Since my wife won’t buy chocolate milk, I run half-marathons to get it free. Here you see me trying to catch those speedy principals at South City, Lacqweda Taylor and Sarah Lofton, before they drink it all!” ~Dr. Jim Walters

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 Dr. Jim Walters heading toward the finish line.*

After running for miles and miles, the body needs to recover. Big races have lots of snacks at the finish line like chocolate milk, bananas, orange slices, bagels, pretzels, water and sports drinks.

Congratulations runners! Confluence is proud of you!

*All photos are courtesy of the runners.