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Simbeck organizes race to aid local food bank
ARLINGTON Standout cross country and track runner Paul Simbeck of Arlington High School organized a 5k run to raise money and supplies for the Arlington Food Bank. Simbecks effort ended up garnering $390 and 50 pounds of canned food. The race took place Saturday, Dec. 8, at Arlington High School.
I wanted to hold it at River Meadows, said Simbeck, but they require a $500 insurance policy. It didnt make sense to do it that way.
Thanks to his coaches from Arlington, Simbecks project moved to the school and managed to save the money.
I didnt know what I was getting into, said Simbeck. I would have liked to host it somewhere where the course was a little better, but it worked out well at Arlington. I dont think it would have gone through without the help of my coaches. I talked to Ms. Britt, the assistant principal and she was very helpful.
The turnout for the race was impressive with 55 runners completing the 5k and 15 kids finishing the kids run. Simbecks senior project, despite the difficulties in finding a spot to run, turned into a rousing success.
The project was self-directed, its supposed to show that you are ready to graduate, said Simbeck. Each senior puts in a minimum of 40 hours of work into their project. Its supposed to be researched and documented.
Simbeck did not total his hours for completion but estimated that it took somewhere in the neighborhood of 65 hours to make all the preparations. He has been extremely busy, balancing schoolwork at Arlington with Running Start at Everett Community College.
Im going to try to finish a science and engineering degree at Everett, said Simbeck. Ive been contacted by their cross country coach about running for them in the next couple of years as well. Afterwards my plan is to go on a two-year mission for my church and then transfer to a university.
Simbeck wished to express his thanks to those who came and participated in the run, as well as all the volunteers who helped out.
The whole idea was to promote health, fitness and a love of running, said Simbeck.