As the sun rose on a beautiful Saturday morning, many Machon and staff from Eisner and Crane Lake were ready to start the race at Crane Lake, which ended at Eisner! Before the race, at Eisner, breakfast was available to give our runners and bikers protein before they departed. Three vans transported our competitors, as well as our hydration team to hand out water, and we were off to our sister camp, Crane Lake.
After arriving at Crane Lake, we learned about the history of the race and the path that we would be on. A Crane Lake staff member, who wanted to honor a friend that passed away, started the annual half marathon. The race promotes a healthy, active lifestyle while creating camaraderie between the two camps. Once everyone was settled and the rules were explained, the racers were off! The bikers began with the runners following. As the competitors ran/biked side by side with friends, they were able to view the sights of the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. The weather was beautiful. Everyone was excited and the competitors were extremely impressive!
All of the bikers and runners entered the gates of Eisner and were so pleased by their accomplishment. Becca Diamond, an Eisner staff member who biked the race said, “I felt really proud of myself that I got up and did something active. I felt happy that I got to share the experience with Eisner Crane Lake friends.” Once all of the bikers were back, it was time to cheer on the runners for successfully completing their physically exhausting race. Eisner’s logistics director, Will Johnstone, finished first out of all of the runners.
Both the Eisner and Crane Lake athletes arrived at camp in the necessary time, and all were extremely proud. With his or her face beaming (partly due to the fact that they just competed a half marathon), each participant was a winner.
We are extremely proud of the bikers, runners and hydration team. The competitors each received a medal and a shirt for their hard work. Even more importantly, they gained pride and felt accomplishment. We cannot wait for the half marathon to come around next year to carry on the tradition! Yasher Koach!