Heath Little, left, 40, of Waterford, Lindsay Belli, 37, of Commerce Township, Kristi Hopper, 33, of Troy, Matt Harbron, 44, of Clarkston, Nathan Belill, 30, of Waterford, and Lauren Piontkowski, 55, of Sylvan Lake will run in the 2013 ING NYC Marathon on Sunday. (Ricardo Thomas / The Detroit News)
West Bloomfield Township Seven people, including five teachers and a parent from West Bloomfield Public Schools, will run in the 2013 ING New York City Marathon on Sunday to show their support for anti-bullying initiatives. They will run on behalf of the nonprofit organization Defeat the Label.
Lauren Piontkowski, a Scotch Elementary School teacher, said she has a passion for running and wanted to support Defeat the Label.
I want to help impact families to help children find the answers they need when they feel theyre being singled out, she said. I lived in New York after college, and I loved it, so this is a lifelong dream.
The other district runners are Lindsay Belli, Kristi Hopper and Matthew Harbron, all teachers at Abbott Middle School; Nathan Belil, a teacher at West Bloomfield High School; and Heath Little, a parent in the district.
Also running in the marathon for Defeat the Label is Lila Lazarus, a former news anchor for WJBK (Ch. 2) and WDIV (Ch. 4).
Superintendent Gerald D. Hill is proud of the runners.
Im impressed with the incredible dedication of our teachers, not only in getting in shape to run the marathon, but their solid dedication in running for a great cause like Defeat the Label, Hill said.
The teachers trained over the past year to prepare for the 26.2-mile run.