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Running couple Bernadette (Dufour) '64 and Jim Lathrop '63 will be grand marshals at Scecina's 2019 walkathon

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications

On Jan. 20, Bernadette (Dufour) Lathrop ’64 crossed the finish line in Maui, Hawaii, her 50th half-marathon in the 50th state. 

That marked a personal milestone as well as a big achievement in her marriage, as half of the “Running Lathrops.” Her husband, Jim Lathrop, Scecina Class of 1963, completed his 50th full marathon in every state in November 2016. 

With Bernadette’s Maui milestone, the two reached a rare achievement: a married couple who finished the races in all 50 states. In all their travels for races, they never have met a couple who had achieved this same milestone. 

The Lathrops will be the grand marshals for Scecina’s Campus Crusade on Friday, May 3. Campus Crusade is the annual walkathon for Scecina students. The students walk to raise donations for tuition assistance, academics, facilities, student life (clubs and athletics), and campus ministry at Scecina. 

The Lathrops will be honored for their running accomplishment and will lead the students out for the walkathon. 

We bet there are a lot of other runners in the Scecina Community. Are you one? Do you run for fitness or fun? 

All runners (or walkers!) are invited to join the Lathrops and the school in the walkathon at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 3. Please RSVP to Beth Murphy at bmurphy@scecina.org if you would like to attend and join us for the barbecue lunch. 

Also, if you have a running story to tell, please send it Beth Murphy at the email address above. 

Scecina asked Bernadette some questions about running and why she has offered to help with the Campus Crusade walkathon. 

Why do you run?

  • To get outside as much as possible. 
  • A run is a good problem-solving vehicle. 
  • It is a very personal journey: you and the asphalt. 
  • To stay as healthy as I can. 

Do you have any new running goals? 

I plan to keep mid-size races on my calendar throughout the year. I introduced races to my brother Chris Dufour, Class of ’66, and my sister Viki (Dufour) Jenkins, Class of ’69. I want to always keep encouraging them with a little sibling rivalry. I cannot imagine not doing some type of race. God has blessed me so tremendously that I want to keep on keepin’ on! 

Why are you happy to help the students and be a part of the walkathon? 

I believe so much in the need to be active. If in any small way, my presence can influence another young person to “get up and out” or just keep going with their running, then I have accomplished my being with them and the walkathon. 

My desire to help with the walkathon is because of my history with the mechanics and logistics of organizing one. But, most of all, I know so well how the students can have a such a fun day while supporting and showing pride in their school. 

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