HOPKINTON (CBS) – A group of elite Kenyan runners in town for the Boston Marathon kept tradition Thursday with their annual visit to the Elmwood School in Hopkinton.

About 600 screaming second and third graders greeted the runners with a rock star-like rally in the school gym.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

It’s the 22nd year of the Scholars and Stars Program at Elmwood.

Elite Kenyan runners lead  Elmwood students on a short run. (Photo by Sera Congi-WBZ-TV)

Elite Kenyan runners lead Elmwood students on a short run. (Photo by Sera Congi-WBZ-TV)

Students spend part of the school year learning about Kenyan culture and traditions, as well as Swahili, in the weeks leading up to the race.

At the end of the program, a group of third graders went on a short “fun run” with the Kenyan marathoners outside of the school.

Some elite runners from Kenya enjoy some of the pictures made by students in Hopkinton. #wbz

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