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Lafayette neighborhood celebrate phase one in unique way

Posted at 6:23 PM, May 21, 2020

A Lafayette neighborhood is celebrating the start of Phase One of reopening in a rather unique way.

The residents of Gentry Place off Verot School Road ran a marathon relay Thursday, with some of the runners as young as four years old. Some participants ran the entire marathon, while some signed up for 1/4 or 1/2 a mile.

The 26.2 mile marathon wound through the subdivision, with the first runner taking off at 3 p.m. To make sure everyone stayed socially distant, each runner ran individually and "air tagged" the next runner.

But for all of them, it was the perfect way to let out the energy they built up while staying at home.

Ben and Caroline Mader, both civil engineers, designed the race from start to finish, and had eight little Maders running - from 1 1/2 years old to 15.

Caroline Mader said the marathon was the perfect way to let out the energy they built up while staying at home.

"We just felt that everybody was exercising a lot with the stay at home, and running and biking. So we thought, 'What a good way to celebrate the end of the stay at home - all come together and accomplish some common goal," Mader explained.

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