Berry Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k races recently brought 1,900 runners and
walkers to the campus and provided a life changing experience for some who
College’s scenic and sprawling campus welcomed the competitors to mentally and
physically challenge themselves in the annual Berry Half Marathon Feb. 18.
While most of the registered runners were from the greater Atlanta area, others
hailed from South Carolina, Ohio, and California. Berry’s breathtaking
landscape delivered an ideal running experience for a race of this magnitude.
Kratina, a sophomore from DeLand, Fla., raced in the half marathon.
“It changed my life, I feel like a new person. I have a
new outlook on life and more respect for marathon runners,” she said. “It
wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be and I actually enjoyed running
through the whole thing. I will definitely do it again,” she said.
Byrd, a senior from Louisville, Ky., raced in her second Berry Half Marathon
and took first place in her age division, averaging a 7:46 pace per mile.
Byrd is also a member of the Berry Vikings soccer team.
“The Berry Half Marathon provided
me with a goal to work towards outside of soccer…it took a great amount of both
physical and mental strength,” Byrd said.
from the Berry Half Marathon benefit the Berry College Elementary and Middle
School. Organizers also partnered with the non-profit organization
Medals4Mettle which awards medals to children and adults who are fighting
And runners donated shoes to Soles4Souls which provides more than 16 million
shoes to underprivileged individuals around the world. Article by Student Public Relations Assistant
Hayden Sloan and photos by Alan Storey