by Zev Markowitz (’15)

For the fourth consecutive year, the MTA varsity hockey team had the honor of partnering with Chai Lifeline by joining Team Lifeline to run the Miami half marathon. Each runner had to raise at least $1800, and an anonymous sponsor helped each player reach the required $3600.

The flight down to Miami late Thursday night was the start to a warm, beautiful weekend. On Friday morning, the students had the chance to relax and even play some life-sized games of chess!  On Friday night, everyone davenedtogether at the Eden Roc Hotel, which is where the magic of Chai Lifeline was truly shown. The way the people there care for and take care of each individual is truly wonderful! The Chai Lifeline organization runs Camp Simcha, a camp that is geared towards children with terminal illnesses.  The camp also helps the families of the campers. It was an incredible experience for the MTA Students to see the smiles that the counselors who had flown down for the weekend were able to put on the campers faces.
The magic continued on Motzei Shabbos with a big pasta party to load up on carbs for the run and then on Sunday, it was finally time for the marathon itself.  Many supporters were cheering from the sidelines when Team Lifeline passed by and you could hear the crowd really roar when the counselors were passing by while pushing their campers in strollers. It was a truly amazing sight to see.
We look forward to the MTA hockey team continuing what has become an annual tradition for many years to come. We thank former Varsity Hockey Head Coach Dovie Quint (’09) –  who made it out to cheer and whose brother Ezra (’15) ran this year –  who started this great tradition.
Special thanks as well to David Leshaw (’09) and Dovid Tauber for chaperoning the team over the weekend. Mr. Leshaw finished first of the MTA group, with a time of 1:38 and Zev Markowitz (’15) was the first student to finish, with a time of 1:48.

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