Students Complete Annual 25-Hour Relay

The McQuaid Jesuit cross-country team held its 37th annual 25-Hour Relay from Wednesday, August 29 at 9 a.m until Thursday, August 30 at 10 a.m. At least one runner circled the track with a baton in mile increments throughout the 25 hours.

“People often ask me why we do 25 hours and not 24,” McQuaid Jesuit cross-country coach Todd Stewart noted. “We do 25 hours to teach our young men that they always need to be going above and beyond what is expected to make a difference. Doing just a little bit more in everything they take on can have a significant impact in their lives and those around them.”

While the annual relay serves as a bonding experience for the runners, it also is a way for the team to raise money for a good cause. This year, the team captains chose to support the family of Mrs. Alba Lupia-Vandelinder, a McQuaid Jesuit Italian teacher whose son, Matteo, was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer at seven months. As Matteo continues his battle to live, the team hopes the money raised can bring some relief to the family. Donations are still being accepted through the team’s GoFundMe page.