GALLOWAY GUIDANCE COUNSELOR RUNS AC MARATHON- by Brandon Stephens
On Sunday October 21st 2012, Smithville Elementary School Guidance Counselor Lindsey Zabelski accomplished something my car couldn’t dream of. She ran 26.2 miles on one tank of gas.
“It was an amazing day,” said Zabelski. “The weather was perfect and the race went smoothly thanks to the fantastic volunteers who handed out water and cheered us along.” Zabelski’s six year old boys, Ben and Charlie were on site with homemade signs supporting their mom.
After 4 hours and 29 minutes of running, Zabelski crossed the finish line with her eight year old daughter, Ava, who joined her mom for the last .2 miles. Zabelski credits her success to her family. “Before deciding to train, we had a family meeting. I never could’ve done it without my husband, Brad, and my parents.”
“Stepping on the starting line was really a celebration of our family’s commitment and love for one another. For the past four months, Brad took the kids every Saturday while I went on three or four hour runs. While training in Avalon, my dad would ride along with me on his bike to keep me safe.”
Over 3,000 runners participated in the grueling, 2012 Atlantic City Marathon which raised funds for various local charities and scholarships.
The Galloway Patriot tips its hat to Lindsey and would also like to congratulate: Michael Hinman, Curriculum Supervisor for Galloway Schools; Donna Norris, Physical Education Teacher at Smithville Elementary; and Mark Bisignaro, 6th Grade Teacher at Smithville Elementary for completing the Half Marathon.