Golden Press

Howard Students Support Marathon

Bryant St. NW Washington, D.C.

On March 26 at 7 a.m. I could hear cheering and the sounds of Michael Jackson outside my cracked dorm window. It was coming from Bryant street. D.J. Big Will was spinning Lady GaGa and the heavy pacing of runners intrigued me. I jumped out of bed and grabbed my recorder and camera. It’s not everyday a student journalist wakes up to a story.

When I made it down stairs I realized the people lined along Bryant street that were cheering were my fellow peers. Howard students were dressed in long sleeves, hoodies, and sweats — cheering on and motivating runners participating in: the Sun Trust National Marathon, Carefirst Bluecross Blueshield National Half Marathon, and United Way National Team Relay.

Some students were the average “joes”, but most of the students made up the Lady Bison’s Basketball Team.

Lady Bison India Bradford, junior psychology major and Washingtonian, says the ladies came out to give back to the community during their off-season.

The ladies were in deed giving their support by giving high-fives to the runners and shouting encouraging words.

For some participants this early morning rise of support had its own benefits. Physical education professors like Debbie Johnson gave her fitness students extra credit for participating.

Debbie Johnson is in charge of organizing events for students  to per-take in externally and internally within the Howard community. 

Lance Maxey, Lecturer in the Department of Health and Leisure, says the students are receiving extra credit for cheering on D.C. participants and believes it unites the students with the D.C. community.


April 21, 2011 - Posted by | Life In DC

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