Athletes dominate in 5K
Northwood athletes and parents hit the road running at the annual Timberwolf 5K Run/Walk, held here on campus on Feb. 11 at 8 a.m.
The race featured free food, event T-shirts and hundreds of runners—not to mention a USA Track and Field certified course with microchip timing. Participants paid between $20 and $35 to enter the race, with proceeds going to support the athletic programs here at Northwood as well as Families Forward, a non-profit organization that gives aid to local low-income families.
Out of the over 900 registered participants, 607 athletes ended up fighting through the weather and finishing the race. The race was kicked off by junior Jasmine Clarke singing the national anthem. Kristin Motooka and the Northwood Culinary students baked 800 sugar cookies which were served to runners after the race.
Freshman Mary King was named Queen of the Hill, which is awarded for being the first Northwood students to cross the hill at Orchard Hills and finish the race, an honor being awarded for the first time this year.
“It was a great feeling to win,” King said. “But I’m not really in it for the awards. A lot of time and effort was put into training for this and my upcoming track season.”
Apart from the Queen of the Hill, the top female finisher in the 16-18 division was junior Sasaiya Robles at 21:02, and the fastest male in the 13-15 division was sophomore Mark Kim at 17:33.
“The day before the race, I made sure to keep hydrated,” Robles said. “We all felt great when our team crossed the finish line strong! It was really great to have our track coach cheering us on at the finish line.”
This event served as good practice for the track and field athletes, which started this January.
“I’m really glad I was able to run in the 5K,” junior Vineet Palepu said. “It gave me the much-needed endurance practice required this year for me to perform in my events.”
The tournament raised a large amount of money that will be used to benefit all of Northwood’s athletic programs. Mike Dunn, a prominent real estate agent in the Northwood area, donated $30,000 to the race this year. Dunn is a great supporter of Northwood and has donated over $185,000 to the 5K over the past 8 years.
Overall, the race raised $56,000, of which $19,000 will be donated directly to support the athletics programs here at Northwood. Along with the money raised for athletics, Families Forward received many donations of food and supplies from people who attended the race.
Northwood is already looking forward to beat its amount of money raised for next year.