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KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Kadena High School’s booster club raised $1,000 last weekend with Pantherun, a 24-hour relay run.

Twenty-two teams of adults and children — ranging from two to 10 members each — registered and 20 teams finished the event, which began at 6 p.m. Friday.

Each team paid $100 to enter, with $1,000 being raised for the booster club after expenses. The booster club uses the money to support the school’s sports teams, clubs and activities, school officials said.

“These participants deserve a pat on the back,” school officer Jerry Burks said. “Everyone has been super cooperative.”

Camp Schwab’s 3rd Reconnaissance Marine Corps team completed the most 400-meter laps, with 911. Winners in the co-ed category were Marine Marathon, with 880. In the student competition, Kadena High’s National Honor Society completed 607 laps.

Despite pouring rain Saturday, the teams camped overnight at the McDonald Stadium and kept at least one runner on the track at all times.

The Pantherun began in the 1980s as a senior class fund-raiser, but was put aside in the 1990s when booster club and school officials decided to try other forms of fund raising.

Booster club president Wendy Poffenberger-Turner called the event a great success.

“We went through and talked to the different groups throughout the night and there was so much excitement,” she said. “Everyone had such a great attitude, whether they were wet or tired.”

Poffenberger-Turner and Barbara Mark coordinated the event, and Cheryl Stutzman organized volunteers to do everything from counting laps to picking up trash.

Kadena High’s Project Graduation provided concessions and meal services.

Other base organizations providing support were 18th Services, 18th Security Forces, 18th Medical and Kadena’s Youth Center.


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