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Above & Beyond: Shoals teacher goes the extra mile

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Erin McGee met with her students to run every Saturday since August. Erin McGee met with her students to run every Saturday since August.
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

A teacher in the Shoals is going the extra mile with her students. Some of her students are training to run with her in the annual Life Without Limits Half Marathon in Florence.

"I firmly believe that if we have healthy bodies then our minds are going to function that much better as well and so just getting them doing something active and something extra and being able to be a part of their lives in another way outside of the class room is just really important to," said Erin McGee, a teacher at R.E. Thompson intermediate school.

For the last few months she's combining her passion for teaching with running. The idea stemmed from the schools extra mile running program that's held once a week after school.

"I saw how serious they were taking it and those that were showing up at the local races so i approached the mothers and I wanted it to be kids that had never done one before and that i knew could handle it and that didn't necessarily have someone in their family that could help them prepare for a half marathon," said McGee.

Since August, McGee met with her students on Saturday mornings to prepare for their journey, teaching the kids life lessons about hard work and dedication.

Fifth-grader Jay Hester and his fellow classmates said they're ready to go the distance.

"I couldn't comprehend how much it was when I first agreed to do it, but now that I kind of have a general idea of how long it is I think I can do it," said Jay.

Team McGee will put their training to the test next Saturday.

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