The Workforce Team Challenge 3.5 mile walk-run is taking place the evening of May 17. This year’s South Colonie Team, including 25 staff members, will be wearing special edition Shana Strong T-shirts “to honor our Workforce Team Challenge teammate Shana Marra,” who died in January 2018 at the age of 44.
Shana Marra ran this race for years on the team. She not only ran this race but also many local races including the Mohawk Hudson marathon and half marathon, inspiring her coworkers and students alike. Her physical strength was impressive beyond belief (though you’d never know it from the understated way she comported herself); as was her incredible strength of character!
Shana was a talented special education teacher (Lisha Kill Middle School) and mentor; a superb, loyal friend; a dynamic family member and proud mother of two middle school boys. “Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day.” These words ring true for all who knew Shana. Shana is present with us every day. But for some of us, she not only WALKS beside us but RUNS beside us …. on our easy runs after school, training runs, on Ragnar adventures, and in local races. Shana Strong! Strong Shana!