John Hancock Brings Boston Marathon Champions and Other Elite Kenyan Runners to Elmwood Elementary for Rally

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Roughly 500 children from the Elmwood Elementary School in Hopkinton will shout jambo (which means greetings in Swahili) when 2015 Boston Marathon women’s champion Caroline Rotich joins 2012 Boston Marathon men’s champion Wesley Korir and several other elite runners from Kenya as they arrive in the Elmwood Elementary School gym in Hopkinton on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 10 a.m., for the annual pre-race rally.

The cheering children will wave Kenyan flags as the athletes enter the gymnasium, rock-star style. The celebration is part of the John Hancock’s Scholars and Stars program, which brings elite athletes together with students to celebrate the Boston Marathon, running, and Kenyan culture.

After the Elmwood School students rally the team, the Kenyans will take a ceremonial jog with third-grade students. Following the run, the third graders will participate in teacher-moderated question and answer sessions with the athletes

WHO: Boston Marathon champions and several other elite runners from Kenya in John Hancock’s elite program
Elmwood Elementary School students

WHAT: Kenyan runners participate in school pep rally; take a jog with 3rd graders and answer questions in a classroom Q&A

WHEN: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Welcome Ceremony/Rally 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Group Run- 3rd graders/ Kenyans 11:10 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.
Q&A sessions - 3rd graders/Kenyans 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Elmwood Elementary School
14 Elm Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748