Lopez wins Glenwood Springs Middle School All-Star Fenceline Run, friendly wager with teacher | PostIndependent.com

Lopez wins Glenwood Springs Middle School All-Star Fenceline Run, friendly wager with teacher

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Diego Lopez bet his teacher 100 pushups that he would win Wednesday’s All-Star Fenceline Run.

A risky wager, for sure, but Lopez delivered.

And, consequently, Glenwood Springs Middle School physical education teacher Blake Risner’s arms are rather tired after following through on the bet by completing 50 push-ups on Wednesday and the other 50 on Thursday.

Lopez timed in at 1 minute, 50.3 seconds in GSMS’s biannual race that routes young runners 600 meters around the school’s playing fields ” following the fenceline.

The eighth-grader edged out seventh-grade challenger Jorge Carreno by a mere 5.1 seconds. Jose Betancourt (eighth grade, 1:57.5) finished third, Hector Barron (seventh grade, 2:01) placed fourth and Joel Ordonez (seventh grade, 2:02.6) took fifth.

While the girls race didn’t share the same high stakes, eighth-grader Lily Thorsen did put on a show, clocking in at 2:09.1 to record the victory.

Thorsen managed to hold off youngster Madison Spence, a sixth-grader who timed in at 2:15.7. Finishing third was eighth-grader McKenzie Nelson-Buehler (2:17.6), followed by Viviana Meraz (seventh grade, 2:18.9) and Hailey Armstrong (sixth grade, 2:20).

The All-Star Fenceline Run originated in 1999 and has been going strong ever since, though its roots can be traced back a few years earlier when GSMS P.E. teacher Frank Miller suggested students run one lap around the playing fields as means of assessing their cardiovascular fitness.

It wasn’t long before this became competitive.

Risner started posting top-10 lists for his boys and girls and other teachers followed suit.

Soon enough, students began to wonder how they’d compare to students from the other P.E. classes. So, the GSMS P.E. teachers decided to allow all of the kids on the top-10 lists to have one big race against each other. It was decided that this all-star race would happen at the end of every school year.

The event’s popularity eventually necessitated the addition of a second race at the end of the fall grading period.

And things have continued virtually unchanged from there.

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