Tully (WSYR-TV) – A local Olympic runner is returning to Central New York to help his alma mater’s indoor track program.
Lopez Lomong, a Lost Boy of Sudan who attended Tully High School, recently returned from representing the United States in the London Olympics. Lomong is a former Tully track and field star who competed in the 5,000-meter event in London.
Lomong will be attending the event “Run with an Olympian” to raise money for the district’s indoor track team after it was abandoned by this year’s budget.
“This whole idea was his idea," said Tully cross-country coach Jim Paccia. "He was a little concerned about the program being dropped and we talked about how he could help and he asked me how he could help and he came up with this idea of having a fun in order for him to connect with the runners from New York State that he ran with back in high school.”
Registration will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Friday in the Tully High School parking lot. Participants will be asked to donate $10 toward the indoor track team.
The event will include both a 5K run and a one-mile run. It is open to runners of all ages.
Lomong will be available to talk to participants after the race and also sign autographs.