Gunnery Faculty Members Rise to Challenge of Steep Rock Trail Series
Not to be outdone by the winning ways of The Gunnery’s cross country student athletes, members of the faculty challenged themselves on the beautiful trails of the Steep Rock Association this fall.
Morgen Fisher ’03, a member of the science faculty, assistant dean of students and the Anne and Henry Zarrow Chair for Math and Science, was distinguished by winning her age group in the new Steep Rock Trail series.
Congratulations are also due to Jen Hart, a member of the history faculty and sophomore class dean, who completed the 5K component of all three races in the series, and to Rebecca Leclerc, director of The Gunnery’s Outdoor Program, who completed the 15K at Hidden Valley Preserve on October 29.
Sponsored by Steep Endurance, an online coaching service for runners, in cooperation with the Steep Rock Association, the trail series began with a 10K on September 24 at Macricostas Preserve, where the course featured a challenging climb to the summit at Waramaug’s Rock and rewarded runners with a bird’s eye view of Lake Waramaug. The second race was the 15K at Hidden Valley Preserve, which included a few short, steep climbs and took runners past a quartz mine and over Thoreau’s Bridge to the finish line. The series culminated in a half marathon November 5 at Steep Rock Preserve -- the most challenging course -- with three Shepaug River crossings, more than 2,000 feet of climbing and descending, and a trip to the summit.
In addition to winning her age group for the series, Fisher ranked third among women overall in the series, and she was the fifth fastest female finisher in the half marathon.
Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.