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Parkwood’s first Parkwood Pride 5k Run/Walk big success

Senior Shayna Wullschleger, junior Kacey Millican, senior Mikayla Kuykendall and sophomore Karly Millican approach the finish line of the first annual Parkwood Pride 5K.

What do you get when you mix sunshine, springlike weather, two hundred plus people and a beautiful county park? The first annual Parkwood Pride 5K Fun Run/Walk!

The event was organized by Parkwood High School’s PTSO as a fundraising event and took place on Saturday, March 15, 2014.

At the start of the event, the sun was shining and the temperature was close to fifty degrees. Over two hundred people registered for the 5K Fun Run/Walk which took place at Cane Creek Park.

At nine o’clock sharp all participants lined up at the starting line ready to traverse the gravel path through the park. The course consisted of dirt and gravel paths, some lined with trees, and it circled back to the starting line for the finish.

Among the participants were many Parkwood High School students as well as teachers, administrators, young and mature participants and even some canine (on leashes) participants. Some “notable faces” seen at the finish line were Parkwood High School’s Principal Stephanie McManus, administrators Eldridge Moore and Brian Gray and Union County Public Schools’ Chief Communications Officer Rob Jackson.

Although this was not a timed event (there was not an official time clock), one can’t help but notice who crosses the finish line first.

Kevin Betsch a senior at Parkwood was the first to cross the finish line and Maggie Smith a Parkwood Alumni was the first female to cross the finish line.

Parkwood senior Amanda Ponsart who took part in the run said, “It was a great first experience for the school. I look forward to next year’s [5K].”

Also at the finish line was a DJ playing music and making announcements. There was food and a raffle for prizes. “Why haven’t we [Parkwood] done this sooner?” was Kevin Betsch’s response after he crossed the finish line.

Written by: Bonnie Chretien, Distance Learning Lab Facilitator
Posted: Apr 17, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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