Always Running

December 21st, 2014 | By Gary No Comments


Dawson Frey likes to run and he does it a lot. The 13-year-old eighth grader at Oglethorpe Middle School basically runs all year. He runs on the cross country courses in the fall, on the basketball court in the winter, on the track in the spring for track and field, and then various places during the summer to get ready for cross country in the fall. Dawson doesn’t mind: “To me, it’s fun to run, and when I run I concentrate and think about stuff. It’s just fun!”

Apparently he is also really good at it, too. In only his second year of competition, he finished first at the GA State Cross Country meet for the boys’ medium school division. His time of 11:29 on the two-mile course was a minute faster than his time last year, and he finished 10 seconds faster than the second place finisher. Dawson was also named the GA Middle School Runner of the Year.

His school coach, Bea Marchette, tells us, “From the get-go, Dawson was eager to do his best, improve his times, and support his teammates in achieving their goals. For an eighth grader, he was also very easy to train.  Middle school is, for many young runners, a time to just learn to enjoy running and begin to pick up a competitive nature for racing.  Dawson already honed in on these features and came prepared to really train each day.”

Although cross country is Dawson’s favorite sport, he also loves basketball. He has played for five years and is starting his second season as a point guard for his middle school team. “Basketball is really competitive and fun,” says Dawson. “You have to work together as a team and do your part.” His coach, Carlos Strong, loves working with him and says, “He’s a great kid and athlete … awesome point guard!”

Dawson loves sports and plans to continue running in high school and possibly even college. Until then, he is going to just enjoy the benefits and fun of practicing and competing in sports. He encourages younger kids to get involved in a sport because “it makes you more fit and you get to have more friends and know more people.”  Dawson Frey is a great example of that, and we look forward to watching him run on the course, court, track, and wherever else his legs take him.

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