Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Annal 5K race won by talented Valencia student

     The 6th annual 5K “Run, Walk, and Roll” was a charity race hosted by the Valencia Alumni Association on Saturday April 9th. It's also the VAA's  biggest fund-raising event of the year. Several changes were made to this event compared to years past with the goal of raising more funds and increasing student turnout.

     This year’s race throughout Valencia's West campus was the first to be officially certified by the U.S.A. Track and Field tracking standard for proper 5K distance (3.1 miles). Front Running Sports was also hired for the first time to track runner’s times with optional electronic ankle monitors for races.

     The race in the past was held on Sunday morning, but was changed to Saturday evening to encourage larger numbers of students to participate. This was adversely affected by the higher then normal temperature of nearly 90 degrees during the start of the race.

     Carlos Romero (#28) is a drafting and design student at Valencia, and finished the race first overall with a time of 19:23.5. Romero said “Today’s race was a hot one, and I was in third place and felt like I was going to give out around mile one and a half. The guy in first place then fell off the race due to a major cramp and I was inspired to catch my second wind.”

     Romero then made his move with a quarter mile left to surpass the second place finisher, Roque Nunez, by a time of 11.8 seconds.

     Roque Nunez (#50) came in third place overall at this race last year, and is a long-time distance runner that has participated in the New York Marathon, and is racing in the Boston Marathon next week. Nunez said “I got third place last year and second place this year, but more important than winning and losing is raising money to help the students with this great cause.”

     Julia Logan (#31) finished 7th overall, with a time of 22:41.2, to become the first place female finisher.

     A kids “fun run” was also held following the primary race to encourage young children to be active and participate.

     This entire event could not have been possible without the support from volunteers, helping to feed and hydrate runners on such an abnormally warm race day.

     If you would like more information on this event and other fund-raising opportunities in the future, visit the Valencia Alumni Association web page at

     For detailed statistics on the race results, visit "Front Running Sports" website at

By James Tutten

(Published: April 13, 2011 issue of "Valencia Voice" on page 16.)

(Above photo courtesy of Don Burlinson / Valencia College)


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