On the morning of Sept. 5, the Santa Margarita boys cross-country team took to the track for the annual jog-a-thon. This year’s event was dedicated to sophomore Ryan Janics, who was diagnosed with cancer last year and is currently undergoing treatment.
Motivated to raise money for the Janics family, the 21 cross-country runners and two coaches withstood 90-degree weather to complete 672 laps. Once the per-lap donations were tallied, the team earned $2,200.
Jody Bowen, the booster club mom, had a chance to speak with the Janics family after the jog-a-thon.
“They were just blown away and overwhelmed,” Bowen said. “They were truly grateful for all the time, effort and donations that went into the event.”