Exactly one year ago, two students at the Brevard Center ran a local 5k race. 365 days later, three times that many decided to participate for a good cause. The enthusiasm for running amongst those first two students spurred a contagious energy to stop sitting and start moving.
Although most students are not seasoned athletes, these six put forth great effort and commitment to get the most out of their individual and group wellness classes. Additionally, they also followed their independent exercise recommendations to better help them prepare. Every student knew that they did not have to run the entire 3.1 miles but all wanted to be able to run at least part, if not all, of the entire race and practice was essential.
The team wore CIP t-shirts and running shoes. The students all brought water bottles and were very excited. Scenic Cocoa Village was packed with runners, some dressed in Halloween costumes and others dressed for speed. Satellite tracking bands were affixed to shoes and race numbers were pinned to shirts and, at 6:30 PM, six CIP students embarked on their first road race.
The 5K run is along primarily flat, winding roads paralleling the Indian River and laden with bystanders cheering and clapping for the runners to keep moving. And that’s just what they did. All six started the first mile at their intended pace. Each had different goals, all had one purpose – race together and cross the finish line. Three students had goals to complete the 5K in a specific amount of time while the other three were focused on pushing themselves to run longer than they ever had before.
David Friedland, CIP’s resident runner, took the lead, followed by Zach S., Dane S., Moultrie W., Dodge M., and Peter S.. Moultrie and Dane placed and received medals. Seeing the look of accomplishment and success on the faces of all the CIP students as they crossed the finish line is a moment that they and I will never forget. Congratulations to our 5K runners at the Brevard Center! Go forth, be well, and SWEAT!