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Athlete of the Month: Will Waddell

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Will Waddell ran in the 41st Marine Corps Marathon

Will Waddell ran in the 41st Marine Corps Marathon

Courtesy of Emily Calvert

Courtesy of Emily Calvert

Will Waddell ran in the 41st Marine Corps Marathon

Andrea Henriquez, Sentry Staff Reporter

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Everyone understands the difficulty of running a single mile. Your muscles ache the first few minutes in, and it becomes harder and harder to catch a single breath. A star cross country runner and our Athlete of the Month is senior Will Waddell. On October 30, he ran the 41st Marine Corps Marathon. The marathon was a monumental moment for Waddell as it was his first marathon and he ran it to raise funds for a non-profit organization focused on Autism research. In 2005, Waddell was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). Waddell can be described as an outgoing, funny and optimistic individual. He is not only an inspirational student having conquering 26 miles, but also through his passion for fundraising towards a good cause.

Q: When did you first get begin running?

A: I started cross country freshman year. I ran the Marine Corps 10k in 2013 and 2014.

 

Q: What is your favorite part of running?

A: It is usually figuring which way to go or figuring out which directions I always go. I usually run in my neighborhoods or on the weekends with my dad.

 

Q: Do you run on the Potomac Trail?

A: Yes, down by the river and close to the airport.

 

Q: Do you listen to music while you run?

A: My dad and I usually run with music. He normally finds whatever song he likes on his phones. He usually listens to his station 100.3.

 

Q: How did you prepare to run a marathon?

A: It was by running every Sunday. It was not hard for me, piece of cake. It was easy.

 

Q: How many miles did you start at and what did you build to in your training?

A: We started out with 10 miles basically. I remember one of the training was almost 20 miles.

 

Q: What’s the best part of a typical race? The end?

A: I normally say, “Let’s do this for God and for victory! For all my airlines! Finish strong.” So yes, I say it at the end.

 

Q: Where was the course of the Marine Corps marathon?

A: Near Rosslyn and Washington DC where we could see many airplanes flying over.

 

Q: How much money did you fundraise?

A: My parents usually fundraise for OAR which stands for Organization for Autism Research. My dad said he raised $14,000.

 

Q: Who was on your team, Team Will?

A: Dad, mom, Rachel, Shaun, Paul and Carlos. So I guess you could say a lot of people.

 

Q: Were you the first to finish on your team?

A: Yes, I always finish first. I often refer to myself as “number one.”

 

Q: What was your time for the marathon?

A: Seven hours and nineteen minutes.

 

Q: What was the best part of the marathon?

A: I like seeing all the signs and bells. I got a medal, it was a nice gift.

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