In March 2020, shortly after Governor Jim Justice had closed school buildings due to coronavirus, Ian McAra committed to train for and run a half-marathon to benefit the Notre Dame & St. Mary’s Fund. He completed the distance on April 25, 2020 at Watters Smith State Park in the southern part of Harrison County.

In 2021, McAra, the advancement director for Notre Dame & St. Mary’s, is planning another event. He said, “The 2020 Run for the Notre Dame & St. Mary’s Fund was a successful venture in terms of fundraising for the schools. I’m hoping to improve on it this year.”

On March 1, 2021, McAra will begin the Camino de Santiago Virtual Challenge, a 480 mile journey on foot with a sixteen week completion deadline. The Camino de Santiago, known in English as the Way of St. James, is a network of Christian pilgrimages across Europe leading to the Shrine of the Apostle St. James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compestela in Galicia, Spain. McAra said, “There are a number of routes that can be taken to the final destination. Although I will not be physically there, the route I will virtually follow will run across the Northern part of Spain.”

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