Runners start out on their 5K run to raise money in honor of Mr. Mike Murray.

by Dave Warner

A 5K race was held at the Little Falls High School to honor the memory of Mr. Mike Murray, who was an 8th grade ELA teacher who passed away last year. According to school officials and students, he was a wonderful teacher and fantastic cross country and track coach for many years.

Maria Lindsay, Middle School Principal said, “It’s the second year that we’ve been able to do it. Last year we were not able to do a community event, so this is our first time doing the 5K as a public run. Yesterday we did it for our middle school and our entire group ran the cross country course that Mike coached on. That’s why we chose that route.”

Lindsay says that this is a way for everyone to come together and honor Mike, “Who was our beloved friend and teacher at the middle school.”

The event is a fundraiser to raise scholarships for seniors who have either run cross country or track. “We choose two recipients for those scholarships who will receive $500 each. It’s also a fundraiser for field trips for the middle school,” she stated.

“Mike was a person who encouraged all of our students to find what they love and be who there are so we find that we’re able to do that a lot through field trips and offering kids experiences that they normally wouldn’t have,” said Lindsay.

This year the funding from the last race went to a downhill skiing trip so that the kids were able to get a lesson and skiing for a day. Lindsay said that they also used the money for funding the 8th grade trip to Six Flags so there was no cost to the students that went.

“Mike lost his battle with cancer in January of 2021 and so it’s just been a difficult time for all of us because he was a huge part of our middle school family,” she said.