Participants in the 2012 Warrensburg Marathon Dance show their enthusiasm.
WARRENSBURG For two years, local students have annually held a night-long celebration of life, music, and outreach to others known as the Warrensburg High School Marathon Dance.
The annual event follows the tradition of the South Glens Falls High School Marathon Dance that's raised $3.15 million for various charities in its 35+ years of existence.
This past year, South Glens Falls students rocked the house as they filled their gym and raised $395,352 from sponsors throughout the region.
The Marathon Dance of Warrensburg High, with the school’s smaller enrollment and remote location, is held on an entirely different scale — yet the enthusiasm of students and community members is unsurpassed.
The Warrensburg’s 2013 Marathon Dance, in which students raise money through sponsorships, is set for noon until midnight Saturday Jan. 12 in the high school gymnasium.
The event features a raffle of gift baskets, gift certificates and such offerings as golf and ski packages.
The public is welcome to come to the marathon event from noon to 8 a.m. and review the array of raffle packages on display in the high school cafeteria. The drawing for the raffle items will be held at 8 p.m., but it is not necessary to be present to win.
The dance is open to students in grades six through 12 who sign up in advance. Sixth graders must have a permission slip, and an adult must accompany them at the event.
Students from other schools may attend — as guests of WCS students — as long as they have a permission slip from a school authority and a parent.
To participate, students in grades seven through 12 must have $50 in sponsorships or donations. For sixth graders, the amount is $25, Event advisor Marlene DeLongis said, acknowledging that although many people are facing economic stresses, the Warrensburg marathon attendees will be meeting the challenge of fundraising.