Harvest Run/Walk Fosters Unity and Healthy Fun
On October 2, 2016, the Office of Alumni Services hosted its annual Harvest Run/Walk 5K, along with a one-mile walk and the 10K run. Alumni and students were encouraged to participate in this run to promote unity and create healthy fun. Over the years, the event has become a social gathering for both beginning and experienced runners.
In previous years, the Office of Alumni Services only held a 5K run, and added the one-mile walk and the 10K run after seeing a huge turnout at last year’s event.
Dominique Wakefield, Director of Health and Wellness, acknowledged Laura Malcolm, who served as director of the Harvest Run/Walk 5k and Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator for the School of Business Administration, for all the time and energy spent planning and preparing for the Harvest Run/Walk 5K.
Before starting the 5K, coordinators for the event announced that there would be a 30-minute delay because weather conditions had made the trails muddy, moving the race’s start time from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Those preparing to run the Harvest Run/Walk 5K did not seem to have been affected by the delay or the cold, foggy morning weather, and continued talking amongst each other while warming up for their race.
Sarah Duvivier (sophomore, computer science), who ran the 5K for the first time, said, “Most people were prepared, they came dressed in hoodies for the rain, and everyone had good spirits. They were all smiles.”
Several Andrews University students commented that they enjoyed the Harvest Run/Walk 5k being open to both alumni and students.
Irene Hwang (senior, biochemistry, pre-medicine) said, “I really enjoyed (the run) and I’m glad that it provides an opportunity for Andrews students, both past and present, to come together in a life-improving and fun event.”
Duvivier said, “Last year I helped as a volunteer at another club’s 5K so I thought, ‘Why not actually run?’ It was fun; everyone was so kind. I remember near the end of the race probably like 2.5 miles in I started to slow down and there was a woman who caught up with me and motivated me to go faster and told me I didn’t have much longer to go. I was one of the first people to finish. I believe came in seventh or eighth and I beat my personal record for time!”
Kathryn Halbritter (senior, animal science) won the women’s 5K with a time of 22:36, Nathan Blosser won the men’s 10K with a time of 39:44, and Julia Johnson won with a time of women’s 10K with a time of 50:45.
Louis Scott (freshman, international agriculture development), who won the men’s 5K with a time of 19:59, shared some pre-race preparation tips: “I get plenty of sleep, eat breakfast, and I had a giant jar of honey before running the race.”