By Lance Haskins, Wellness Coordinator
On February 23, 2013 the CIP Brevard Center students and staff participated in a special event to promote Autism Awareness. The Brevard PALS 5K Run/Walk for Autism Awareness was held at the Scott Center, on the Florida Institute of Technology campus in Melbourne Florida.
CIP was one of the many sponsors for the event which was organized by Brevard PALS, which is short for Providing Autism Links & Supports, and the proceeds will be benefiting families affected by Autism in Brevard County.
The weather was perfect for running, with a light breeze and temperatures in the mid 60’s at the start. All of the people at the event were very courteous, enthusiastic and helpful. There were also many volunteers that lined the course, cheering on the participants and keeping them on the right track toward the finish.
Our Program Director, Joan Williamson, was there representing the Brevard CIP Center and her daughter also ran the event. Six of the CIP students did the 5K; two others supported the event, Colin, by volunteering to hand out water and Emily, by cheering on the runners and walkers.
Dave had the fastest time of all the CIP students; he placed 50th overall and placed 4th in his age group. Sarah was the next best CIP student finisher and placed 1st in her age group. The next best finishers and their placing in their age groups were Jon 6th place, Thomas 7th place, Rebecca 3rd place, and Carlos 8th place. I finished in 2nd place in my age group and 13th place overall.
The CIP students and I had a fun time, for some of them it was their first 5K event; a few of us are planning to do more run/walk events this year. This was a great event and we look forward to the next time that we can represent CIP and help to promote and support Autism Awareness in our local area.