Highland Park senior Laura Rathjen will join a team of 16 of the Dallas area's top high school distance runners in the fourth annual United Healthcare Elite High School Relay Challenge on Sunday in conjunction with the Dallas Marathon.
The team, comprised of 10 boys and six girls, will compete as a relay along the same course as the marathon. The boys will run 2-mile segments, while the girls will run 1 mile each. Rathjen is competing for the second consecutive year.
Other relay runners will include Matt Brown (St. Mark's), J.T. Graass (St. Mark's), Lil Clark (Episcopal School of Dallas), Christian Culpepper (North Crowley), Avery Culpepper (North Crowley), Reese Walters (Shelton School), Erin Wrozek (Bishop Lynch), Trevor Montgomery (Whitney), Abigail Cartwright (Bryan Adams), Zach Polley (Ovilla Christian), Hunter Hawkins (Blooming Grove), Jacob Babbidge (Flower Mound Marcus), Zach Kirkland (Justin Northwest), Emily Allton (Lakehill Prep), and Carson Vickery (Coppell).
If the first-place marathon runner defeats the relay team, they will receive a $1,500 bonus.