Article by: Putra W.
Edited by: Margarita T.
Visual by: Issy P.
On the evening of January 11, ISM hosted its third annual “Run to the Sun,” which is a fundraising marathon. The event was conceptualized by two high-school teachers, Mr. Venhuis and Mr. Hall, in 2015. In the event, which lasts twelve hours from 6:00pm to 6:00am, one person from each team of up to twelve people run around the track with a baton in hand. Once the first person completes a lap, the baton is then handed to the next person in the team, and so on. Only the faculty and HS student body were permitted to stay overnight; elementary and middle schoolers participated in a similar mini-activity beforehand from 4:30 to 5:30, dubbed “Run to the Sunset.”
Elaborating on the purpose of the event, senior Kang Hee H. stated, “The goal of the event was to raise at least 60,000 pesos in order to help the GreenEarth Heritage Foundation in San Miguel Bulacan to build rain water harvesting tanks. During the summer break, I volunteered at GreenEarth with Romnick B., a former ISM scholar who grew up in the farms here and decided to join the GreenEarth education program.”
When asked about what her favorite part of the event was, senior Andrea L. said, “Although the late-night running was surprisingly fun and calming, I loved spending time with my friends and the deep talks we had as we rode tricycles around the HS field at midnight.” Senior UK I. agreed, further explaining, “Whether it be devouring Bonchon and Chatime at midnight, learning to walk on stilts, playing volleyball with a yoga ball and the rugby post as a net, or shamelessly dancing to Bruno Mars songs, the feeling of unity within my group at the end of the event was unreal.”
Speaking of the event’s success, Kang Hee said, “I think the event went well in the beginning because California Pizza Kitchen sponsored us by providing 20 free pizzas and PCA helped get gatorade for all the participants. The DT department made us special wooden medals that we handed out to all the team members. Unfortunately, compared to the previous Run to the Sun events, we didn’t have as many participants this time and it eventually ended up raining, meaning that all teams had to move their bases from the field to the bleachers. Regardless, it was still an amazing event overall.”
All the participants had a great time—let’s hope that Run to the Sun will be even better in years to come!