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Lancaster 5K Wellness Run Fundraiser benefits students and Wellness Program

In HACC News, Health and Wellness by Nathaniel Chambers

More than 40 people participated in HACC Lancaster campus’s fourth annual 5k Wellness run on Saturday, Oct. 8.

The muggy morning did not prevent students and community members from participating in the 9:15 a.m. race. HACC’s President John Sygielski, commonly known as “Dr. Ski”, proudly announced the winners, including first place winner, Joel DeJesus, with a time of 18:41.

Race winners included HACC Lancaster students Steve Glick and Jessica Morris, who came in third and second in their respective age groups, and community members Erin Gordley, first place runner, Andy Anderson, second place, and Amy Shkuro, for third place. Prizes, such as gift cards, water bottles and mini duffle bags were awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place age group winners.

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From left to right: HACC President, Dr. John Sygielski, Erin Gordley, Jessica Morris, HACC’s Hawk Mascot, Joel DeJesus, Andy Anderson, Professor Jim Bath, HACC Vice President of Lancaster and Lebanon campus Victor Ramos

The wellness program focuses on students becoming proactive in their daily lives. Jim Bath, Wellness professor, and Cindy Lucarelli, Lancaster Campus’s Executive Assistant, created the event to teach students about wellness and to benefit the wellness program. Six to eight students from Bath’s class participated, as well as students from other classes. Bath emphasized, “we should care about keeping our bodies healthy.” He encourages students in his class to participate, and get involved in these events- even offering extra credit as an incentive.

One of the main things the wellness program has done so far is fund the installment of the exercise stations, along the trail around campus. He said he takes his physical education classes to the stations during class, and it is a good way to help take care of your body, no matter what age category you fall into.

While the winner alone was a new participant, the turnout did not change too much from last year. Bath hopes to have the race sponsored next year to promote the event and gain more participation.

Money raised from the registration fees goes towards covering event costs, prizes and to fund the Wellness program and scholarship. Pre-registration opens every September. Students can sign-up at the Welcome Center.