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Country Music Marathon Winner Returns To Work As PE Teacher

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by Jason Lamb

WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. – Saturday he was crowned the winner of the Country Music Marathon, but Monday Scott Wietecha was back at work where he's better known as "Coach Techa."

He's a physical education teacher at H.B. Williams Elementary in White House, and his students welcomed him back today.

"They kind of look at you as a mini superhero for a day, so it's cool," said Wietecha.  "A lot of them are hyped up and pretty proud of me.  I got a lot of high-fives today."

His students and fellow staff members threw him a surprise pep rally in the morning, drawing posters for him that now hang all over the gym.

He said he likes to teach by example, using his marathon win as a motivator, and telling his students about how important it is to stay healthy.

"If you hype it up enough and you motivate them enough they'll do anything for you," Wietecha said.  "You can play the simplest games, and if you talk it up they'll give you 110 percent every time without complaining."

Wietecha was the first mid-state runner to win the men's Country Music Marathon. He was five minutes ahead of the second place finisher.

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