Highland Senior Runs In Australian Marathon

A Highland High school senior recently had the opportunity to do some globetrotting, and stopped by the studio to inform our listeners about his adventures.

“Hello, my name is Jake Johnson. This summer, I got invited to go to Australia because of my performance in cross country at Highland High School. While I was down under, I competed in the Gold Coast Marathon. I placed 112th out of 3,000 people.”

I asked Jake about the differences in running on a different continent.

“Running was kind of easier down there because you are at sea level – and I’m not used to that. I’m used to being at like 3,000 feet.”

I had assumed the heat would be an issue, but not so.

“It was actually kind of cooler. It was their winter, so it was about 60-70 degrees.”

Participating in the marathon wasn’t his only exploit while there.

“I landed in Brisbane, and then we drove over to the Gold Coast. And we went to the zoo, and all kinds of other stuff.”

And would he go back again?

“Yes, I would love to go back to Australia if I could.”

Cross country running is a solo activity, but getting Jake to Australia required much assistance, and he was very grateful.

“This trip wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my community, my family, friends. I would like to thank all my friends, family and this community for donating towards my trip, and supporting me.”

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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