BOSTON (CBS) – Dozens of high school track athletes got a once in a lifetime training session Wednesday at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Boston.

They got the chance to take lessons from Boston Marathon champions.

WBZ-TV’s Diana Perez reports

The event brought together track teams from 15 different public schools and elite Boston Marathon runners.

The goal of the program is to inspire the young runners to follow their dreams on and off the track.

This year’s Grand Marshall, Bill Rodgers and defending men’s champ Robert Cheriot taught kids the “right way to run.”

The last American man to win the Boston Marathon, Greg Myer, focused on core training.

Past winners Catherine Dnereba and Joan Benoit Samuelson demonstrated stretching and massage.

Samuelson says the best part for her was being “able to share our passion and how we started. Most of us started when we were young like they are today; and just followed out hearts.” 

For students, the take-home was huge.  “They succeeded and made it big so they’re our role model and we want to follow them,” said student athlete Holden Pierre.


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