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We Run Cheongna 2018
Written by Minji Kang | Published. 2018.11.24 14:47 | Count : 165
We Run Cheongna (WRC) is a fall athletics running event that serves as an annual tradition at Cheongna Dalton School in purpose of promoting school identity through lifelong activity. It used to happen just around a single block of school, but for the past two years, it was enhanced to now run around a Lake Park. It stretches across the heart of Cheongna International City in Incheon, which discloses the local beauty of alluring scenes. It covers up to 5km track in which the track is filled with gym equipments and fountains on the way.
 
[Before the Race (photographed by Dalton TV)]
The 2018 WRC was held on October 12 at the Lake Park. It required all students to participate, even the middle school department. While middle school ran 3km race, high school (HS) boys and girls had to participate in a 5 km race. The first, second, and third places were rewarded as an annual tradition after the race for each boys and girls.
 
It marked the beginning of the race when the whistle was blown. Most of the students shuffled their way through and began running, while some decided to trot along the track and chat with their friends. The race was not easy, yet challenging, as it required people to run uphill roads multiple times. There were extremely fast runners who led the race and I was completely inspired. For the first ten minutes, I was able to control my pace and keep it up with my friends. However, as soon as my friends encountered an uphill course, we decided to slow down and eventually ended the race nearly to last place. Some of my other friends were very competitive, especially those who were in a cross country team as they were required to beat their own record.
 
The boys were led by sophomore Seung Kwan Park, while the girls were led by sophomore Nayoung Kim. After the race, both were awarded with a trophy and were interviewed.
 
Interview of Seung Kwan Park:
Q: How do you feel about being first place?
A: I’m very happy but I tried to beat Mr. Martin (HS Science teacher) but he was too fast.

Q: Were you aiming to go first place?
A: Yeah, halfway I looked back and there was nobody so I kind of knew that I was going to be first. But I was still aiming to chase Mr. Martin.

Q: So who are your biggest competitors?
A: Mr. Martin.

Interview of Nayoung Kim:
Q: How do you feel about being first place?
A: I feel really good and I am proud of myself.
 
Q: Did you know you were going to be first place?
A: No, I wanted to but I didn’t know.

Q: So who are your biggest competitors?
A: I was running and there was Julia (senior) behind me in the beginning and then in the end there was Hyunji Kim (senior).

 
[Photo of High School Awardees (photographed by Dalton TV)]
For the seniors who had participated in this annual event from their freshman year, it was their last We Run Cheongna, which many of them made a wistful smile. Many of them yelled that they wanted to go back to their freshman year when they always grunted about running the whole 5 km track; however, now they were completely reminiscing this. After they graduate, I wish they would sometimes miss this meaningful WRC which only held at Dalton.
 
[Middle and High School Family Photo after the Race (photographed by Dalton TV)]

 

 


 
 






Minji Kang
Grade: 11th
Cheongna Dalton School

Minji Kang  student_reporter@dherald.com

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  • Jaehong Min 2018-12-03 20:19:56

    Thank you for sharing about your experience! It was interesting to read about, especially as my school doesn't have such a school wide athletic event. The article would have been more solid if you included some personal or reflective thoughts, but good job nonetheless!   삭제

    • Im Dakyoung 2018-12-01 00:25:46

      Maybe it could have been better if you could include more of what you felt and learned from the experience!   삭제

      • Im Dakyoung 2018-12-01 00:25:02

        I really enjoyed this article too! I could feel the fresh and exciting atmosphere as well as the reluctance to run because some of us feel lazy (haha) I really like it that you wrote it in a way that it comes vividly to the readers.   삭제

        • Jason 2018-11-24 17:48:29

          ... tradition is worthwhile? Is it fair to "force" everyone to do it? Just some things to think about.   삭제

          • Jason 2018-11-24 17:47:41

            Interesting article - would advise that you take a look at your grammar though... For a better flow of the article, I would suggest that you seamlessly incorporate the interview in your article, rather than dedicating a block to it. I also challenge you to add your own opinions: do you think the   삭제

            • Rachel Lee 2018-11-24 15:13:53

              I enjoyed reading this article; the organization of the content made this piece interesting to read! After reading the article, I couldn’t help but wonder - was there a specific reason CDS runs every year other than for school spirit, and why was running chosen as the evevent?   삭제

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