First 5k event nets runners and scholarships

The first Knights of Columbus 5k run/walk was held last Saturday. Starting and ending at Van Horn City Park, there were about 60 participants in the event with ages ranging from 7  to 70.
 
Participants could run, walk, or ride their bikes during the event. The event started off with a prayer and a blessing by Father Saul Pacheco, parish administrator for Our Lady of Fatima Church. 

As a community effort to raise scholarship funds for our local high school seniors and a seminarian, the event netted one $750 scholarship for a high school senior, one $500 scholarship for another high school senior and one $500 scholarship for a future seminarian.
 
The successful event raised enough money to put into the scholarship account so that future events will be able to be funded with the intent to increase the scholarship amounts or in total scholarships.
 
This first annual 5k run/walk was organized and spearheaded by SK Ruben Mendez. Members of Our Lady of Fatima Knights of Columbus Council #11344 were involved in setting up for the event, providing traffic control, cleaning up after the event and helping the overall project to be a great success.

The support that the event received from our local businesses and sponsors is greatly appreciated. Organizers want to thank everyone for supporting this event.

“We want to thank everyone who particpated in our first 5k run,” said Mr. Mendez. “It was great to see so many people of all ages get involved in this event. Some finished the race quickly, and others took their time, but that was the beauty of it. Not only did we raise enough money to fund three scholarships, but we had a little left over for future scholarships. A big thank you to all who helped contribute to our success. We hope to you there next year!”