Border To Border Challenge Helps Provide Kids With Mentors


Nearly 20 Runners finished the "Border To Border Challenge" Sunday night. The runners ran from the western border of Nebraska to the eastern border of the state in an effort to raise awareness about the Teammates Program. The program helps provide students with mentors to look up to.

The runners took off from Scottsbluff, NE Thursday morning and finished at the Iowa/Nebraska Border on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge around 7:20 p.m. Sunday.

Many of the runners are mentors themselves. It was organized by Zane Languis in December of 2012. He and 21 other racers took on the challenge.

The runners ran relay style to complete the 512 mile journey. Some reached up to 30 miles in one day.

Marketing Director for the Teammates Program Callie Erickson, told WOWT 6 News the mentors are an extremely important part of a child's education. "This gives us the opportunity to go in and provide somebody who gets to talk about what you do really well - and in result that inspires hope within the student for the future," she said.

WOWT 6 News met up with one mentor and runner, who said she joined the Teammates program recently, because the program hits home. "I was a foster child so I didn't have a structure or any type of mentor or support - and people don't understand - its so important to have some type of caring or trusting adult that can be there for you," Kate McCown said.

To become a Teammate Mentor you can register using the link in the box to the right. Organizers said it only takes 1 hour a week to be a mentor for a student.

Also, For information on how to donate to the Teammates program see the box to the right. As of Sunday night the group has raised $1,335.


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