From Enterprise to Macedonia, Krista Stangel seems to be always be on the move
MACEDONIA — Former Enterprise distance running standout Krista Stangel has always seemed to be on the move, ever since she started running in the eighth grade.
At Enterprise High School, she ran her way to be one of the top distance runners in the state of Oregon.
She just finished her senior year running for the Oregon State University and made it as far as the 1,500 meter finals in the Pac-10 Championships.
Earlier this month, she was named one of the 18 OSU students selected on the Pac-10 All-Academic team. It was the second time she had been named a first-team selection for track.
But the biggest move she may have made is a trip with Beavers Without Borders to Macedonia.
Stangel is on a 15-day trip to Macedonia to work with Habitat for Humanity.
In a promotional video for the Beavers Without Borders’ Macedonia trip, Stangel was one of the students explaining the trip before departure.
“It will be great to just kind of open our eyes and gain a new perspective and show others also that student-athletes really care and want to make a difference in the world,” she said.
The 15-day trip started June 12.
The team of students would be working on building a second story on a house for a family of five living with their parents and grandchildren. The family is living in a three-room house with just a bathroom, kitchen and living room, a spokeman explained in the video. The video was posted on Travis Rice's blog (travsosufootballblog.blogspot.com) and is also available on YouTube.
In Macedonia, 22 percent of people live below the nation’s poverty line, and the unemployment rate is about 34 percent, according to a project spokesman. The average salary in Macedonia is $380 per month.
In addition, about one-sixth of the homes are in need of immediate reconstruction because of unsafe construction, poor maintenance and sanitation.
The individual athletes also contributed to a series of daily logs posted on YouTube. Stangel’s was Day 11 — The Perspective on Foot.
“At first it’s tough to put one foot in front of the other, but then the warm sunshine and the beauty of the Macedonian hills and wheat fields help us wake up and get into a rhythm. As we run further and explore the countryside, we realize that running can literally take us places we have never been before,” she said in the narration.
“While running, we can get lost in our own thoughts, dream about the future or just clear our minds.
“While in Macedonia, I realized that we can run anywhere and the results are the same. Whether it is at Willamette Park in Corvallis, Ore., or on the country roads in Komanovo Macedonia, we find joy in running. Call it Running Without Borders,” she concluded.
The video can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUlbw3StDOU&feature=related on YouTube.
The video log showing Stangel running through the Macedonian countryside with Hannah Soza Hodgkinson was uploaded Saturday.