By Lance Haskins, Brevard Wellness Coordinator
This year, we had our first official CIP 5K Race Team. Although not the fastest we did finish and have fun. Several of our Brevard center students participated throughout the year in some of the local 5K, 3K and 2 mile races. The first race of the year was the Autism Awareness 5K held on February 23rd, 2013. The next race was held on March 2nd at the Brevard Zoo.
It was called the Monkey Madness 3K and it was cold enough to make us all crazy for getting up and leaving the Brevard Center at 5:30 AM to go run!?! After that was our first official team race held on April 6th, the Pirate Plunder 2 miler. Even though we had had enough students participating in the previous events, we needed at least four male and one female competitor to make a full team and they all needed to be committed enough to sign up in advance as a team.
I talked to our local running store, The Running Zone, where two of our students have had their internships and they agreed to sponsor our CIP Team. In exchange for the sponsorship, our students helped out with putting the info from the other sponsors of the races in all of the 1000+ bags for the people entered in the races. So, our first official team was started with Dave F., Sarah R., Moultrie W., Jon B., and me. We finished in 11th place out of all the teams.
The last race of the year was the first race of the new Running Zone Race Series and it was held on the Fourth of July. We all had a great time, even though Moultrie could not make it, do to his getting a job working with the CIP Summer Program. Harrison D. stepped in to take his place and run his very first 5K event.
Pictures below of the CIP 5K Race Team with their finishing times for the Fourth of July, Firecracker 5K are complements of the Running Zone.
I would also like to thank our director Joan Williamson, our student advisor Sharona Summer and these other students for their participation in this year’s 5K & 3K events. THANK YOU: Carlos R., Rebecca G., and Thomas S.
I encourage this year’s CIP students and staff to make a commitment to be active, happy and healthy while benefitting not only themselves but their community as well.