Marion 7th Grader Provides Spark to Help Finish the Mission
October 11, 2023
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 This was my third year being involved with Georgia Run for the Fallen (GRFF) – see story on the front page for details. Normally, I write about the runners only as a way of sharing the group’s mission. However, this year the GRFF Family specifically requested that I do something to highlight a specific runner – 12-year-old Juan Hernandez, who is a 7th grader at Marion County Middle-High School.
 Juan is a member of the MCMHS cross country team coached by my wife, Michelle Harris, and heard about the run through that connection. He asked if he could run with the group on the third day and was warmly welcomed by the team.
 Everyone figured he might last from Ellaville to Buena Vista, but he surprised the team by being there for the long haul. He ran 10.3 miles tot...

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