Thursday, April 14, 2011

Run Across America

"LIVE! with Regis and Kelly" has partnered with Dean Karnazes, renowned ultramarathon runner, on his biggest endeavor EVER! He is running across the United States... from California to their studios in New York City! The proceeds will be donated to Action for Healthy Kids, a program that works with schools to keep kids active and food programs healthy through a volunteer network. He started at Disneyland on Friday, Feb. 25 and should be in New York City on May 9. Altamont was chosen to host a 5K run with Dean and it is the only Illinois event! His crew participated in a pasta dinner given at the Grade School the night before the event to raise funds for Action for Healthy Kids and the Altamont High School Fitness Club. They then returned early the next morning to set up. The run began promptly at 9 am with a lap around the new all-weather track at the Grade School and then moved out to run through town. The kids from all three schools got to participate, and around 100 of them even ran the entire 5K with Dean!

1st Picture: The crew at the Pasta Supper

2nd Picture: Dean arriving for the 5K run

3rd Picture: The starting line

4th Picture: the kids lined up at the end of the run

5th Picture: Releasing of the ballons, each representing 10 miles that Dean has ran

6th Picture: All of the kids!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Altamont Indian

There is a new attraction standing on the stage at the Altamont High School. It stands 10' high and weighs 1500 lbs. It's very impressive! Our Indian is made of Illinois White Oak, a native tree of Illinois, from a tree that was cut down behind the High School. Instead of cutting the log for fire wood, it took a couple of days of work from two very skilled fellows and we have a wooden Indian. Notice the detail of the face and the name Altamont on its shield.

Special thanks to Lynn Kull for the information and second picture.