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Overbay to run again nonstop for 24 hours

His exercise trek is part of GEMS fundraising event
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Run for GEMS Quarter-mile fun run for kids When: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5 Where: GEMS?Middle School track Cost: Free 5K run When: 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5 Where: Begins and ends at the Lincoln High School track Cost: $25 adults, $15 students, include T-shirt Info: www.gemsapts.org. Apparently 446 laps, or 111.5 miles, wasn’t enough last year. Tony Overbay is going to do it again. At 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 4, the 19-year Lincoln resident/father of four will start running around the Glen Edwards Middle School (GEMS) track. He’ll finish his run Saturday, May 5 at 8:30 a.m. This year, however, the finish line will be at the Lincoln High School track. “After school on Friday, I’m going to take to the streets and run over to Lincoln High,” Overbay said. “They have a great track, lights and we’re planning on starting our second annual 5k there on Saturday morning.” Immediately following the completion of Overbay’s “Twenty-Four Hour Track Trek, Two” the school’s Association of Parents, Teachers and Students (APTS) will hold a quarter-mile kids’ fun run around the track for free followed by a 5k through the streets of Lincoln, beginning at 9 a.m. The 5k starts and ends at the Lincoln track with the course heading down Nicolaus, Joiner, 1st Street and back through the city, ending at the track. 5k is 3.1 miles. The Glen Edwards Middle School Association of Parents, Teachers and Students is again holding the run to encourage children and families to exercise and to raise money for the school, according to Overbay. The school has recently been brought up as being in danger of cutting programs such as music, art, and sports due to impending budget cuts, Overbay said. The Glen Edwards Middle School Association of Parents, Teachers and Students group is trying to stay ahead of the budget cuts. “Last year, we were able to raise enough money to fund the sports program, which was our primary goal,” said Denise Blackstock, the Association of Parents, Teachers and Students president and the two-day event race director. “But programs are continuing to be put on the chopping block so now we’ve expanding our fundraising efforts not just to save our sports but now to save our school.” In addition to Overbay’s run and the 5k, runners and walkers are encouraged to join Overbay at the Lincoln High track the night of May 4. There will be food, a raffle and other activities for the entire community. Students are encouraged to form teams of 10 students or more to join Overbay on the track Friday night. Others are welcome to join him as well. “We’re truly hoping to make Friday night a community event,” Overbay said. “Last year, we had a lot of families come run and walk the track with me. It was a great boost for me. At that point, probably 70 or 80 miles into my run, I was a bit zombie-like.” Overbay has been visiting local elementary and middle school students to encourage them to start running or walking. He tells students that, this year, he hopes to get to 120 miles in the 24-hour period. “A lot of people just assume that I roll out of bed and can run 120 miles,” Overbay said. “But I remember extremely well when a mile was a big deal. I’m trying to let kids and their parents know that it starts with a walk around the block and then progresses into a jog. Before they know it, they’re runners!” While he initially volunteered to do the run last year from a fundraising standpoint, Overbay “was amazed at how quickly the students embraced the idea of running, many for the first time.” “There were kids who walked miles around the track with me,” Overbay said. “And many of the students who had only run the mile in P.E. ran several miles that day. We had several students run more than 10 miles!” Register for the 5k at active.com. Students can run the 5k for $15 and adults for $25. The price includes a T-shirt. More information can be found at gemsapts.org. ~ Staff report