Enough about the egg nog jog in Chardon.
Get over it.
It's not that big of a deal.
So what if Chardon's assistant cross country coach Mary Pat Martin was there to witness it on the Chardon High School track over New Year's break.
Aren't there bigger problems for teenage kids, their coaches and parents to worry about?
I am the cross country beat writer for The News-Herald and over the years, I've witnessed plenty of kids throwing up before, during and after running.
This is not something new in cross country.
Cross country kids are an eclectic group of athletes. They have to be a little out there to put in all of the miles they do in rain, heat and snow. These kids are crazy fun.
So why not let them have a little fun?
Focus on more important things like drugs in school, teenage pregnancy and more.
I'm not proud to admit it, but we did things that were way worse when we were teenagers back in the day. Chugging egg nog and jogging wasn't one of them. In fact, I'm not going to even admit to what I did.
I'm just glad there weren't videos of it posted on facebook.
Coaches devote countless hours to helping high school athletes better themselves in so many ways. If they were paid what they deserve, they would be rich.
But they aren't in it for the money.
They are in it to enrich kids lives.
That's what Mary Pat Martin thought she was doing. Parents were present with her and there was no alcohol involved. Kids were not forced to do this.
So give it up.
Enough about the egg nog jog.
-Theresa Neuhoff Audia
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