|A great tradition will be revived at East Aurora Middle School on Tuesday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 28, as the “Al Palmer Memorial 1100” is run for the first time since the 80s. The race honors former EAHS and EAMS physical education teacher and coach Alba (Al) Palmer, who passed away at age 90 on January 24, 2013. Mr. Palmer began the student run in 1975, and taught current track coach/teacher Walt McLaughlin in Middle School. |
All Middle School students will participate in the races, which will take place both days between 10:20-10:50 AM and 1:50 and 2:20 PM, with a route traveling on N. Grove from Main St. to Girard, on Ridge Ave from N. Grove to Whaley Ave., on Whaley Ave. from Main St. to Girard, and on Fillmore Ave. from Whaley Ave. to Maple St. There will also be a voluntary faculty and staff heat. Participants will receive ribbons, and winners will receive medals.
Born in 1922, Mr. Palmer joined the East Aurora district in 1953 as a sixth-grade mathematics teacher, becoming a physical education teacher in 1960. He also coached JV football, varsity swimming and track, retiring in 1981. He was an accomplished senior athlete even after his retirement, winning competitions into his 80s.
Following Mr. Palmer’s example, coaches Walt and Marty McLaughlin have led East Aurora harriers to numerous local, regional and national accomplishments over the past several years, and our currently our Girls and Boys Cross Country teams are each ranked number one in Class C schools in NYS, and for the first time, both teams are ranked nationally in the same season, Boys at 7 th and Girls at 14th overall in the U.S.
Walt McLaughlin noted, "One of the goals of Al Palmer and the EAMS Physical Education Program is to promoting physical fitness through exercise. This event also gives local students the opportunity to test their cardiovascular endurance as part of schools physical fitness testing program."