Grant County youth run for a cause

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By Ryan Naus

Although his grandmother died six years ago from a heart attack, Michael Schultz still runs in her honor.

Schultz, a sophomore at Grant County High School, took part in the Humana Mini Heart Marathon in Cincinnati, running in the 5K race with four friends on March 28.

“I run in memory of my grandmother, but it helps other people in the process so they don’t have to go through what she did,” Schultz said. “It means everything because other people are going to get this money and it’s going to help them to live a longer life. I think my grandmother would be proud of me. She was always there for me.”

Fellow Grant County students Shannon Fabela, Michael Haubner, Chris Ellis and Rebekah Brewer joined Schultz, who ran in his fourth Humana Mini Heart 5K. The group raised $290 for the cause.

“It makes me proud because it’s not just about helping myself; it’s about helping other people while supporting Michael,” Fabela said. “Everyone was there to help a good cause. I like to run, but it’s nice to do something good for someone else.”

Brewer, who tore her ACL and meniscus, was released to play sports in January and knew that she wanted to help others any way she could. Brewer came in second in the 13-15 year old age group.

“It was for a good cause,” Brewer said. “I like volunteer work. It does something good for someone else. It was hard to get back into running, but it felt good that day.”

Although the runners had fun together, they still had to battle the elements as rain and cold slowed the runners.

“The rain was fun,” Brewer said. “I slid during the second mile and fell. Everyone looked and laughed, but it still felt good.”

Schultz hopes that more of his friends will come out with him during next year’s race as he will continue to work to help others and to honor his grandmother.

“It’s a great race for a great cause and I hope more people come out with me next year,” Schultz said.