WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams College men's and women's cross country teams recently donated $1,000 to the Community Fund for The Spruces.
The Spruces is a mobile home park in Williamstown that was badly flooded by Hurricane Irene in late August. All of the 273 residents were forced to evacuate their homes, and many of the residences were designated permanently uninhabitable due to the damage, meaning occupants had to relocate in addition to the losses of personal property sustained in the storm.
The Eph teams raised the money by conducting a twelve-hour Run-a-Thon on the College's Tony Plansky Track October 1 from 7 AM-7 PM. Pairs of runners ran 20-minute segments before tagging a teammate to continue the relay. Supporters pledged donations based on the total number of miles covered, and the final tally for the day was 223 miles!
Captains Mark Springel '12 and Natalie Davis '12, as well as Head Coach Pete Farwell and Assistant Coach Lance Harden, traveled to The Spruces to meet some of the residents still living in the park and to present the check to help them manage the necessities of life.
This Saturday in Winneconne, WI, the Eph cross country teams are competing in the NCAA Division III Championship meet. The Eph women are competing in their 19th consecutive NCAA meet, while the men have competed in 18 of the last 19.