Meet the runner: Damniohn Demarest


Meet the runner: Damniohn Demarest

3:41 p.m. PDT May 7, 2016

Damniohn Demarest, 10, is an Awesome 3000 veteran.

Even though this year was his fifth year participating in the annual Salem-Keizer Education Foundation fundraiser, he’s been working hard the past few weeks preparing for the day.

On the morning of the run, Damniohn went with his family to a school track to run laps. He fueled up with a banana and granola for breakfast.

He wore his sister’s rainbow, knee-high socks to the stadium, though he originally planned to spray-paint his hair and wear paint on his face.

Running with other fourth grade boys, Damniohn was excited. He ran the 2000 meter track alongside his brother Cory and his close friend, Noah.

He had practiced keeping a steady pace until the end when he would sprint.

“That’s exactly what I did,”  Damniohn said, sporting his 589 numbered bib.

He said his favorite part was the end, sprinting to the finish line.

His family was cheering him on and chanting as he crossed.

“Everyone was by my side,” he said.

Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal. Contact Natalie at, (503) 399-6745, or follow her on Twitter @Nataliempate, on Facebook at or on the Web at

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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