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M2M Road Race Records Largest Turnout Since 2017

A total of 252 runners begin the 2024 M2M race. (Photo courtesy Virgin Islands Montessori School and PGIA)

From babies in strollers to mature runners 60 and over, more than 252 community members (most of them students) completed the 10K, 5K, or the 1K kids “Fun Run” races and crossed the finish line at Magens Bay during the 8th Annual M2M Road Race this weekend. It was the biggest turnout post-2017 hurricanes for the road race, which has grown in support and participation since its inception in 2013.

Parents and children joined in on the fun of the annual race. (Photo courtesy Virgin Islands Montessori School and PGIA)

“Grit and resilience” are cornerstone values of the VI Montessori School and Peter Gruber International Academy, which helped organize the race. These qualities were evident in the smiles, fist pumps, and sense of accomplishment from participants as they climbed the hills at Peterborg and back down. Ground support was provided by St. Thomas Rescue, who diligently provided traffic control and kept runners and walkers safe. Volunteers with the St. Thomas Association of Runners handled the timing, according to the press release.

Runners make their way uphill, racing to the finish line. (Photo courtesy Virgin Islands Montessori School and PGIA)

VIMSIA is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Proceeds from this weekend’s race will be used to support the school’s athletic programs, the press release stated.

Runners keep momentum as they approach the finish line at Magens Bay. (Photo courtesy Virgin Islands Montessori School and PGIA)

In the grueling 10K race, Emily Roth was the first to cross the finish line in 47 minutes, 07 seconds, with Bernard Douglas second in 54 minutes, 17 seconds, and William Reavis third in 55 minutes, 46 seconds, the release stated.

In the 5K, VIMSIA students dominated the finish line’s top spots: Kaden Fisher, 26, in 22:31; Khafri Francois, 14, in 23:47 and Micah Auchincloss, 16, in 23:50. Sofie Kappel, 15, was the top female finisher in 26:04, it said.

Race director Dr. Brad Kappel high-fives runners as they cross the finish line. (Photo courtesy Virgin Islands Montessori School and PGIA)

Official race results:

10K Race

5K Race

Kids Fun Run

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