The head of Cardinal Spellman High School faces an uphill challenge to raise money for his school.
Cardinal Spelman’s head Dan O’Keefe is an avid runner in the midst of a 101-mile race around his school track to raise money for Spelman’s athletics activities and programs.
The race started at 4am on Friday and is expected to take anywhere between 26-27 hours to complete.
The race started with one female companion – Zakiya Haywood, whose daughter graduated from Spelman in 2021. Haywood felt it was important to support her.
More joined as the day went on, including faculty, students, and even 12 news reporter Pat O’Keefe.
Dan O’Keefe runs 6-8 miles every morning before school, then walks 2 miles at lunch. He also goes to another tour every day after school, so he was well prepared. He ran 100 miles around the track in 2014 and raised that $150,000 for the school. Now 101 miles with the message to his students to “go that extra mile”.
The 101-mile race is expected to finish between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Saturday. “Try not to think, just keep going,” Dan O’Keefe said. “I’m glad there are people making my courses, because it would be difficult to do it on my own.”