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John Hancock Brings Together 300 Boston Public High School Track Athletes And Boston Marathon Elite Marathoners For Scholars & Stars Event

BOSTON, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Marathon principal sponsor John Hancock, in partnership with the Boston Scholar Athletes (BSA) program and the Boston Public Schools, today hosted Scholars & Stars in Boston at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center . More than 300 students from Boston Public High School track teams participated in the event.

After dynamic stretching and core strengthening instruction led by Bill Rodgers, four-time winner of the Boston Marathon, and Greg Meyer, the last American to win the Boston Marathon, the second annual Friendship Sprint Medley Relay was run.

Seventy two student athletes, representing nine Boston public high schools, competed in the second Friendship Sprint Medley Relay. There were separate races for boys and girls, and the winning teams received trophies presented by Boston Marathon Women's defending champion Rita Jeptoo. 

"The Boston Marathon connects everyone it touches in the spirit of competition, camaraderie and community," said James D. Gallagher, executive vice president, John Hancock. "We are proud to partner once again with the Boston Scholar Athletes program and the Boston Public Schools to introduce Boston Marathon elites and legends to this talented group of students." 

"Our Boston students are the future of our City, and we have to instill a message that success also depends on hard work, ambition, and wellness," said Mayor Walsh. "The Boston Scholar Athletes program is a fantastic opportunity for our kids, and I know this day is one they will remember."

"The Boston Scholar Athletes helps drive student academic achievement through participation in athletics," said John Fish, founder, Boston Scholar Athletes, and chairman and CEO of Suffolk Construction. "Exposing our scholar-athletes to these world-class athletes makes a huge impression on these young people because it shows them they can achieve greatness with focus, hard work and ambitious dreams."

Friendship Sprint Medley Relay participants received free running spikes and all participants received a program-themed bag of running-related items.

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