Speed and Endurance

Speed and EnduranceShekou International School’s own Jake Gray, high school guidance counselor, was one of the top runners who competed in the Great Wall Half-marathon race in Tianjin, China.

On a cool and sunny Saturday morning he entered his corral in a field of 857 runners and eventually worked his way through a difficult, winding and climbing twenty-one kilometer course. Shaking off the urge to fly past other runners while climbing the mountain road and surviving the somewhat dangerous stairs and slopes of the Great Wall of China, he established a quick pace and  maintained it throughout the paved-road portion, the gravel path and the dirt road village, and back again on the paved road.

It’s an impressive feat of speed and endurance he demonstrated. After the race was completed he said, “the wall was the part that gave me the most worry because the hundreds of steps could have tired out my joints and because some steps had the potential for slips and falls.” The rest of the field of runners approached the wall with caution and they showed concern for each other. He observed that a lot of  runners did not rush too quickly down the stairs, which could have potentially caused injury to others. Once he landed on the paved road he felt the rest of the race was his to conquer and he maintained his quick pace.

Mr. Gray completed the race in a very competitive time of 2 hours and 12 minutes, only 19 minutes behind the first place finisher. In the field of 857 runners he finished 67th overall and in the top ten percent of all runners.

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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