Racin’ in Mason 5k Raises Money to Benefit Comet Runners

Jacob Brase | Staff Writer

Cross country parents and volunteers find that the best way to raise funds for their teams is to host a 5k for the community.

On July 29, families and runners all throughout Warren County came together to compete in the Racin’ in Mason 5k. The race started in Corwin Nixon park, and stretched 3.1 Miles along the park and through the woods of Pine Hill. The race was organized to raise money for the Mason Cross Country and Track & Field programs.

Monroe student Chris Leach finished with the fastest overall time (17:08), and Mason graduate Delaney Mcdowell lead the female runners with a time of 20:18.

Many students who participated were current athletes who wanted to improve their skillset before the 2017-2018 season. Sophomore and athlete Abhishek Jakula ran the 5k for the first time this year.

“I ran this to get better at different sports like track, and to help prepare me for the season,” Jakula said.

Race setup and planning required help from many parent volunteers. Steve Prescott, a race volunteer, said he enjoyed seeing people in the community appreciate running and its benefits.

“I love seeing people getting out in the community, socializing — while also competing — and testing how well they’re doing,” Prescott said.

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Photos by Jacob Brase & Nathalie Schickendantz.