Timberwolves run to fundraise
The seventh annual Timberwolf 5K Run/Walk gave participants an opportunity to get exercise and raise money on Saturday, Feb. 13. Proceeds from the event will support Northwood athletics and Families Forward, a non-profit organization that helps families that are homeless or at risk of homelessness by providing affordable housing, counseling, food and other services.
“The Timberwolf 5K was a fun run that wasn’t too challenging,” said Karen Adachi, a community member and the mother of a Northwood alumnus. “I was both relieved and excited when I reached the finish line. Overall, it was a great first experience!”
The course started on the road next to Northwood’s parking lot, turned onto Wolf Trail, traveled up and down steep hills and finished on a downhill slope behind the school. Racers wore microchips on their shoes to record their exact time. Sophomore David Crampton crossed the finish line first out of the 946 participants, with a time of 17:22 for the 3.1-mile race.
“It was so fun seeing everyone there with their friends. I’ve run the 5K every year since 6th grade, and it gets more exciting every year,” junior Skyler Gregerson said.
Shortly after the 5K, a 1K Fun and 1K Kids Run for ages 12 and under were held. After their races, participants crowded the Northwood gym, where they could spin wheels to win prizes, eat free tacos and enjoy paw-print cookies baked by the Culinary Arts classes.
“We made the cookies for the fundraiser during class. My period did the dough portion of baking and cutting the shape,” junior Athena Sam said.
Parent and student volunteers passed out water, assisted with registration and more. Many sponsors, including presenting sponsor Mike Dunn, also donated to help organize the event. Everyone who entered received a goody bag containing free samples, coupons and a Timberwolf 5K T-shirt when he or she picked up a race bib.
The Timberwolf 5K will most likely take place again next February. In the meantime, Irvine residents can enjoy races such as the Color Run that is held in Huntington Beach on Nov. 19.
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