Meet Your New Columbia Neighbor : Libon Ali

On Saturday mornings most kids sleep in or wake up in a daze and turn on cartoons. But not New Columbia resident, Libon Ali. On Saturday, March 7th, Libon woke up at 7am to lace up and run in a 3.1 mile race. Lebon had never run that far before in a race, but he took on the challenge. He and his classmates from Clarendon at Portsmouth K 8 School drove with their PE Teacher, Angel Humphrey, to the Tualatin Valley Recreation Center. Libon and 13 of his classmates lined up at the races start to compete with six other schools in the 5k invitational race. Nervousness set in, while the group of kids looked at the race course including hills, trails in a wooded area and a paved path. Nervousness turned into confidence as Libon settled into the front of the pack and dominated the race. With a strong lead and one mean kick, he took off on the home stretch with a quarter mile to go, and proudly took first place. Lebon is not only celebrated for his athleticism, but for his sportsmanship. After he took first place, he cheered on classmates and kids from competing schools to support them in the end.

As an 8th grader at Clarendon at Portsmouth, Libon runs with New Columbia Community Builder, Molly Gray every Thursday as part of a Running Club. Each week the youth meet Molly on the playground and run for 25 minutes during their lunch recess. The youth who attended the 3.1 mile race are Running Club regulars. Although Libon took first in the race, he’s setting his sights on something else. I want to run the mile, and I also want to try out for basketball. Look out Roosevelt Roughriders, you’ve got a solid athlete coming your way.