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Catching Up With Autism Speaks 5k Runners

Catching Up With Autism Speaks 5k Runners

A spectacular display of speed and endurance was displayed this past Sunday, April 16, at the Autism Speaks 5K Run. The fun but competitive race functioned as a fundraiser for the Autism Speaks non-profit organization to help raise money for kids with autism. Even though in these type of events everyone is generally considered a winner, finishers’ times were recorded. After the race, we pulled aside some of the winners to gain some insight about their experience with the race, and about their journey as athletes.

 

 

Name: Jonika Scott
Class Standing: Sophomore
Major: Speech-Pathology & Audiology
Race Time: 26:02

 

What was your motivation for participating in the run?
I have always had passion for those with disabilities and this 5k was another way for me to support a worthy cause like helping raise money for those with autism. I also love running!

How did you train?
I ran for 30 minutes on the Tuesday before the race.

What was the actual experience of the race like?
Despite me getting lost on the day of the race like Sue Heck from the show The Middle, I finished the race in 26 minutes.

What is your next goal?
I plan to continue a lifestyle of daily exercise and healthy eating.

 

 

Name: Jonathan Logan
Class Standing: Freshman
Major: Photography
Race Time: 19:01

 

What was your motivation for participating in the run?
I ran because I love running, and races help me push myself to my limit.

How did you train?
I "trained" playing soccer and ultimate frisbee, two sports which require you to build speed and endurance. I don't usually think of it as training because it's fun!

What was the actual experience of the race like?
This was a unique race because I had the opportunity to run with Tim (Gotshall), who has a very similar pace. He beat me in the Harvest Run 10k last fall, so I was excited to balance the books in our friendly rivalry.

What is your next goal?
I aim to do an ultra marathon next year.

 

 

Name: Esther Nanasi
BA ‘15 in Elementary Education from Weimar Institute
Race Time: 26:49

 

What was your motivation for participating in the run?
Just the pleasure of running and because my friend Allison asked me to support her department. She's a speech-pathology student.

What was the actual experience of the race like?
It wasn’t as hard to do since I’ve been running for a while now. I felt like I was able to run more after the 5k, which was my personal goal, as I am training for a 10k and not just running a 5k really fast. It did help to run with a friend.

 

 

Name: Jonathan Penrod
Class Standing: Senior
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Race Time: 21:23

 

What was your motivation for participating in the run?
My dad is a runner and I believe that my admiration of him has always been a motivator. I started running during high school and have continued ever since. Running clears my mind and boosts my cardio performance in other activities.

How did you train?
I haven't had much time in my academic schedule to train for this run. I have been able to go on a few short runs over the past few weeks as well as a couple of morning lap swims at the pool every week.

What was the actual experience of the race like?
This was a nasty race for me: I started out at my target pace and hit a cardio spike about half way through. Before the run I had planned out where I would push and where I would sprint at the end. Instead, I ended up doing a bit of damage control and managed to cross the line in one piece.

What is your next goal?
I am working on getting my mile time down to where it was in high school. I set my personal record sophomore year and haven't been able to achieve that kind of speed ever since.

 

 

Name: Jessica Hernandez
First year, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Race Time: 27:42
Interviewed by Simque Carlyle

 

What was your motivation for participating in the run?
My friends signed me up for it the Friday before the race.

How did you train?
I usually run about two to four miles most days of the week as part of a workout.

What was the actual experience of the race like?
I enjoyed it. I liked the simple course around the campus. I wish it had started on time and music at the beginning would have been nice. I liked the snacks at the end.

What is your next goal?
I’d like to do a 5k in under 25 minutes.

Ashley Neu Chosen as Assistant Director for Student Activities

Ashley Neu Chosen as Assistant Director for Student Activities

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