South High Marathon Dance tradition going strong in 40th year

SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Students in South Glens Falls are moving and shaking nonstop for over 24 hours.

The South High Marathon Dance is an annual favorite that started in 1978. There are costume contests, prizes, and more. The event raises money for charity.

More than 800 students participated this year keeping the tradition alive for 40 years. And just like the dancing, the planning for the event is nonstop.

“Always decorating, always meeting with people, making sure everyone is happy and has what they need,” senior Trinity Hallenbeck said. “But it’s a lot of fun and totally worth it.”

This year’s event was dedicated to the memory of State Trooper Timothy Pratt, who was hit by a car and killed in October. Pratt was a South High graduate and helped provide security for the marathon dance for many years.

His family was honored with the news.

“A proclamation from the New York State Senate: Sen. Marchione just introduced legislation dedicated to Trooper Pratt because of his dedication,” a representative from Marchione’s office said.

Last year, students raised more than $760,000. The proceeds helped dozens of local families and organizations, which students said is the reason they dance all night long.

“We want to get every community involved in this,” senior Matt Steves said. “It brings everyone together. That’s what we ultimately want to do: give others a helping hand.”

So for 28 hours, teens will be breaking it down on the dance floor.

“I kind of just tell myself that 28 hours, that’s nothing compared to what these people go through,” senior Emily Scarncio said. “Their drive and positivity are what keeps me going.”

Students said all the recipients are family. In its 39 years, the South High Marathon Dance has raised $5.6 million. 

Total money raised in the marathon was $823,614.91.

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