Running program is senior project

By Charley Najacht

Custer Rotary Club president Jill Kettle presents a $350 check to Custer senior Nathaniel Youngblood. The money will be used to buy T-shirts for Youngblood’s “Cats on the Run” senior project involving more than 70 elementary students.

With a little encouragement from his running coach, Karen Karim, Custer senior cross country runner Nathaniel Youngblood has put together an early morning “Cats on the Run” running program for elementary students.

The program is Youngblood’s senior project and involves up to 76 students in grades K-5 who have signed on to run up to three miles a day from 7:10 to 7:40 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

“Some of these students were late to school last year, but this year they are on time,” Youngblood told members of Custer Rotary Club at noon Monday, Sept. 10. Parents drop the students off and the students run around the Ravens practice field adjacent to the schools.

“Most run a mile, but some run three miles,” Youngblood said. “The main benefit is physical activity.” 

He has five or six fellow cross country runners who help him keep track of the number of laps each student runs.

Each participating student will receive a “Cats on the Run” T-shirt sponsored by Custer Rotary Club.