Naperville’s District 203 Crosstown Classic

“We are running because we can! One more time, we are running because, we can!,” said Chuck Hoff, Mill Street Elementary School Art Teacher and Run Club Coach.

That’s the motto nearly 1000 students in District 203 Elementary Schools followed when they competed in the 7th annual Crosstown Classic.

The event brings together these kids to run in 12 different races, ranging from a 400-meter race, to a mile.

“It was fun because we have the ability to run so we can help kids who can’t,” said Dylan Zervos, a 4th grader at Maplebrook Elementary School.

And they did-this year students came together with Naperville North junior Allison Grady, who’s been collecting shoes to donate to Share Your Soles, a Chicago-based organization that gives gently used shoes to those in need.

“I injured my hip in the track season last year when I was a sophomore and so I haven’t been able to run since April, and I have to have surgery in a little bit and it made me realize what a privilege it is, so I wanted to give people that don’t have the resources to be able to run,” said Grady.

Through her efforts kids donated 2,568 pairs of shoes, with students from Maplebrook Elementary School donating the most.

“I can’t explain how surreal it is, I sit in my garage and I look at all the shoes around me and I am so thankful for all the support I’ve received,” said Grady.

It’s a lesson these young students have run with.

“Its really fun because you know you’re helping somebody out in the world,” said Addison Weber, a 4th grader at Mill Street Elementary School.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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