Rose athletes stay in shape
BY MARTHA BENNETT ON APRIL 17, 2014
For most student athletes whose sports are long gone out of season, this period of time between April and May becomes an opportunity to prepare, rest and figure out what they’re going to do until their sport returns. While others work out at the gym and practice their skills, some are turning to 5Ks as an alternative method to benefit their bodies as well as the surrounding community.
“It keeps me in shape when I’m not swimming,” sophomore Haley Creef said. “I really enjoy exercising and being able to keep myself occupied when the swimming season is over.”
Not only are 5Ks beneficial to a healthy lifestyle, but they are also a great way to support charities and other programs that support the Greenville community.
“It’s fun to do things like 5Ks or other [races] because you know that what you’re doing is going to a good cause,” Creef said. “It keeps me motivated knowing that I can benefit myself and the community by participating.”
Charities like the Autism Society and Habitat for Humanity have 5Ks annually to bring the Greenville community together and raise funds for charitable causes. Even youth organizations such as Young Life use 5Ks and other running events to help support Young Life ministers and promote summer camp trips.
“I first started doing 5Ks through Link Crew and then I began doing others through Greenville,” senior Madison Alligood said. “I’m not [mainly] a runner, but it is something I enjoy doing and I like to continue living a healthy lifestyle after tennis season.”
A lot of these charitable 5Ks end with profitable results.
“I think we raised around five thousand dollars for my Relay for Life team,” Alligood said. “It was very rewarding and I was glad to have been apart of something that successful.”
5Ks have been recognized as a more creative way to raise funds and benefit Rose as well as surrounding schools and communities.
“It’s a lot more exciting, I think, to run a race with your friends and feel like you’re physically doing something to help rather than having a bake sale, or just donating money,” Alligood said.
Participants are trying to get more student athletes and friends to join this popular movement.
“I’ve started to ask a few of my other friends and those who do sports to try to get them to participate in some of the races I do,” Creef said. “ I think it helps me a lot in keeping my stamina and I’m sure it would help others as well.”
As Greenville finally begins to have warmer weather, more and more 5Ks and other active events are taking place in the community for multiple organizations.
“If you would ever be interested in doing a 5K or something [similar] you can just search ‘5Ks in Pitt County’ and there are tons of races happening every weekend,” Creef said.
As the season continues, more and more races have become open for registration. The “Bunny Chase” happening April 19 in the Town Commons to get in the Easter spirit as well as the “Fiesta Biathlon” happening April 27 in Uptown Greenville to support research for Autism.
"I love to swim," Creef said. "But if that can't happen I like to prepare for next year while using my [abilities] to make someone else's life better, even if that is by running or walking a great distance."