Panther Power: The PDCMS 5K

Abigail C. 

Girl Reporter

On January 20, 2019, students and their families flocked to El Paseo, a local shopping center, to run a 5k. It has been going on for the past 7 years, and it is coordinated by Christopher Geyer, the vice principal of the school. He has been running the 5k (by participating in the run and the coordination of the event)) since its creation 6 years ago. It is a popular event at the school, and a huge money raiser for the school. The event is so popular with the school and local community that, a total of 739 people participated, not including volunteers.

Mr. Geyer started the 5k as a good fundraising activity for the school that would also get kids active. When asking him about why he enjoys racing, and why he thinks others should do it, he talked about the feeling of racing, particularly the feeling of crossing the finish line. He described it as the feeling of accomplishing your greatest achievement: getting an A on a paper, running a marathon, or getting onto pointe. The main point is, that being active is good. It can help you accomplish almost anything, and be healthier. Another great thing, about about the 5k, at least if you need more encouragement, is that it counts as a mile on your report card. This helps a lot of people, because it doesn’t matter how fast you run it. He always talks about it with a passion, and in fact, during the interview, he attempted to persuade 6-7 18 year olds to join the 5k. In the past 6 years the run has raised over $100,000.

While Mr. Geyer, feels a strong passion for the 5k, the students of PDCMS all have different reasons for running the 5k. Sophia T, a 7th grader, said that her favorite part was telling herself that she ran 3 miles, as well as getting the medal, and the free food. Several other students, like Logan S, Alberto F, Carter K, and Joshua M. One student, Caroline C, told me that she doesn’t like doing the 5k, because she doesn’t like running. So, whether you are a fan of the 5k or not, it is a great way to raise money, and have a good time.

Some of the highlights, were 2 of the finishers. One of them was an 86 year old man, and other was an adorable 2 year old little girl. The medals were handmade by the art classes, which is no easy task. Organizations, such as National Charity League, also participated in the event, selling sweet treats. The 5k is fun for everyone and beneficial to most people involved.

All in all, the 5k was a success. However, there is one thing I forgot to mention: the duck! Poolwerx, is a sponsor of the 5k, and every year, there is a big(and I mean big) yellow duck in sunglasses. Since then, it has become a symbol of the 5k. It was a successful event, and I can’t wait to do it again.


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