Young Life Helps Cool Runners

WHEELING – While competing in the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic Run and Walk, participants are usually looking to cool off by the time they cross the finish line.

That didn’t change with Saturday’s chilly temperatures, as the runners turned up the heat with their performances.

For several years now, members of Ohio Valley Young Life have assisted these runners by providing them wet and dry towels as soon as they complete the race.

”We are very glad to help out with this,” Kirk Wilson, area director for Young Life, said. ”It’s just something nice to be a part of.”

Young Life is an organization that builds relationships between adults and children to help teach the youth how to become responsible as they transition into adulthood.

Helping out at the race Saturday were students from several local high schools, including Wheeling Park, The Linsly School, John Marshall, Martins Ferry, St. Clairsville and Union Local.

Linsly’s Samantha Schaal, Martins Ferry’s Katie Sutherland and Wheeling Park’s Devlin Graves were among those on hand to pass out towels to help cool down runners.

”This is a great event,” Graves said.