The Eagle Challenge is coming April 21-23

A first-of-its-kind community event to benefit three Capital Region charities will make its debut at Bethlehem Central High School the weekend of April 21-23.  

Hosted by the Bethlehem Central High School Student Senate, the event is a collaborative effort between students, the district’s Wellness Committee and a committee of community members. The Eagle Challenge is a 4x4x48 challenge that will combine running, walking, endurance and fun for individuals of all ages – all weekend long. The Eagle Challenge will take place on the high school track.


Visit The Eagle Challenge website.

The challenge is all up to you! You can set your own personal goals, strive to meet those goals and raise money for local causes as you do. 

This event highlights three of the district’s four core values: character, community and wellness. It is intended to be an opportunity for students and families and the greater community to come together in a way that encourages physical activity, community connectedness and generosity of spirit. 

What is The Eagle Challenge?

It is a run or walk challenge that begins Friday evening and ends on Sunday. Participants decide their own challenge and distance goals. Seasoned athletes may opt to undertake the ultimate 4x4x48 challenge by running four miles every four hours for 48 hours while students or families may choose to run or walk between 1 and 4 miles during one or more of the Eagle Challenge time blocks.

12 Eagle Challenge Time Blocks (You can choose one or more, or all)

  • Run/walk Leg 1: Friday, Apr. 21, 8 p.m. 
  • Run/walk Leg 2: Saturday, Apr. 22, 12 a.m. 
  • Run/walk Leg 3: Saturday, Apr. 22, 4 a.m. 
  • Run/walk Leg 4: Saturday, Apr. 22, 8 a.m. 
  • Run/walk Leg 5: Saturday, Apr. 22, 12 p.m. 
  • Run/walk Leg 6: Saturday, Apr. 22, 4 p.m.
  • Run/walk Leg 7: Saturday, Apr. 22, 8 p.m. 
  • Run/walk Leg 8: Sunday, Apr. 23, 12 a.m. 
  • Run/walk Leg 9: Sunday, Apr. 23, 4 a.m. 
  • Run/walk Leg 10: Sunday, Apr. 23, 8 a.m. 
  • Run/walk Leg 11: Sunday, Apr. 23, 12 p.m. 
  • Run/walk Leg 12: Sunday, Apr. 23, 4 p.m.
  • A community celebration event will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday

Who can participate?

The Eagle Challenge is for everyone. Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome. There will be dedicated lanes on the track for runners and for those walking. Strollers and wheelchairs are also welcome. Families are encouraged to participate together (students aged 14 and younger must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.)

How do community organizations benefit?

There is a suggested donation of $2 per mile per registrant. Donations by non-residents and community businesses are also encouraged. The BCHS Student Senate has identified three Capital Region non-profit agencies as beneficiaries:

  • Equinox, Inc.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc.
  • South End Children’s Cafe, Inc.

Added fun for all ages

  • Themed runs/walks: More than a dozen school clubs and athletic teams will sponsor each leg of the challenge with themes such as: School Spirit, Neon & Glow Sticks,  Super Hero / Favorite Sport, Costume Theme, Green Team Theme, etc.
  • Food Trucks
  • Entertainment
  • Community Celebration – Sunday, April 23 at 5 p.m.

How do I register, donate or volunteer?

Visit The Eagle Challenge website.