Andrew Scarborough, son of Rachel Knight, is a senior at Fairview High School and a member of the JROTC program.
He is a member of the JROTC Mountain Man Memorial March Half-Marathon Heavy team. This year, Scarborough finished the half marathon carrying 35 pounds. The team’s time was three hours, four minutes, which was approximately five minutes faster than last year.
“We placed first in the JROTC category and fifth overall against college ROTC teams and active service member teams,” Scarborough said.
He said he started competing in the Mountain Man Marathon three years ago.
“I’ve done it every year to show respect to Gold Star Family members who have lost loved ones in active duty,” he said.
When asked what inspires him to train and compete, he said he owed his motivation to the Gold Star families.
“I want to give them my best to show my respect for them and for their struggles,” he said. “Their family members gave their lives for us.”
One of his biggest role models is First Sergeant Christopher Turk.
“He always pushes me to do my best no matter what happens,” he said.
Turk said of Scarborough, “Andrew is an outstanding athlete and leader. He leads by example and inspires others with his can-do spirit. He is logical and is always selfless.”
After graduating from FHS this year, he plans to attend college to study business leadership.