Maybe the Cumberland Gap Swallows You Whole

Four teachers. 140 miles. One van.

Teach. Run. Repeat.

Yesterday, we survived the Great Allegheny Passage Trail relay. It took us just shy of 28 and a half hours of round-the-clock relay racing through rain, winds, and total blackout conditions — but we have some sweet medals to show for it! And it was an absolute blast catching up with these world-class educators for a once-in-a-lifetime trail run through some gorgeous scenery. Enjoy the video highlights above!

Exhausted and humbled by this amazing two-day race experience. Thanks to @erusso78 for convincing me to sign up for this crazy adventure. Kudos to @dereklong929 for pulling the whole thing together. And big ups to @brice78 for his monster effort to bring us across the finish line with style.

Note to self for next time: more training.

Author: John

John Meehan (@MeehanEDU) is an English teacher and school instructional coach at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. He began his teaching career in 2010 as a career switcher through The New Teacher Project, after spending five years working in social media and event marketing. He is a 2017 ASCD Emerging Leader, and an alumnus of the 2016-2018 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council. In 2016, he was named one of Arlington, Virginia’s “40 Under 40” by the Leadership Center for Excellence. He is a past presenter and regular attendee at educational conferences throughout the United States, including the annual conference for National Catholic Education Association, ASCD Empower19, and the Play Like a Champion Today: Character Education Through Sports summer conference at the University of Notre Dame. He’s an avid runner who’s completed more than three dozen marathons, half marathons, long-distance road relays, mud runs, and obstacle course races. John lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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