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‘Transition Week’ Provides Opportunities for Fun—And Fitness
Date: 11/09/2018


Lake RunThe Varsity Football Team’s 34-16 win this past Saturday wrapped up a successful fall sports campaign for all the Cougar teams. While tryouts for winter sports loomed later in the week, the days between provided an opportunity for fun, fitness, and some unique learning opportunities for the boys.

On Monday afternoon, we kicked off the week with the annual Lake Run, a tradition that began many years ago. Starting and finishing on the 50-yard line of Marrion Field, 255 runners—students and faculty alike—challenged themselves to the 4.8-mile loop around Canaan Street Lake. Some raced for the win, others ran with friends or carried flags, but all had fun and supported each other. Director of Student Life Nick Nowak and Diego Escalante ’20 ran hard together all the way, with Mr. Nowak taking the win for the faculty by only a few seconds.

The top five runners and their times are below, and you can see a gallery of the Lake Run photos.

Fitness DayStudents:

  • Diego Escalante '20 - 31:32.1
  • Isaac Abbott '19 - 33:32.0
  • Aiden Thede '20 - 34:03.1
  • Masamune Enomoto '19 - 34:33.6
  • Silas Van Vranken '19 - 34:54.0


  • Nick Nowak - 31:12.2
  • Molly Delallo - 32:30.0
  • Chris Klein - 33:12.3
  • Ben Bartoldus - 34:26.0
  • Pablo Rocha - 34:48.6

Tuesday was Fitness Day. We asked the boys to dig deep and challenge themselves for an afternoon of fitness testing. No grades or points were awarded—it was an opportunity to teach the boys the value of physical fitness, trying their best, and encouraging their friends to do the same. The boys visited several stations in Marrion Gym and the Wakely-Johnson Fitness Center, each set to identify a particular physical capability: strength, speed, endurance, flexibility, and agility. View a gallery of photos from Fitness Day.

Soccer gameWednesday was probably the purest fun of the week—our annual faculty vs. student flag football game and the faculty vs. student soccer game. Both games featured ninth-graders pitted against the faculty while the younger boys cheered them on. The student teams played hard, but the faculty were able to squeak out a win in both games—something that is not always assured! No matter the final score, the entire community showed strong Cardigan spirit and enjoyed the afternoon.

After a busy week of pushing ourselves to do our best, and staying physically active and energized, we are confident that the boys will be ready and eager to begin the winter season. 

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