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Kinesiology sophomore Elijah Martinez is the first 10-mile runner to cross the finish line Saturday during the SAC Boot Camp.  Photo by Robbin Cresswell

Kinesiology sophomore Elijah Martinez is the first 10-mile runner to cross the finish line Saturday during the SAC Boot Camp. Photo by Robbin Cresswell

Sixth annual SAC Boot Camp raises about $2,500 for Kinesiology Club, scholarships.

By Lorena R. Rivera

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

More than 200 participants joined the sixth annual SAC Boot Camp 5-mile and 10-mile run sponsored by the kinesiology department Saturday.

The race started promptly at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Leon Creek Greenway Trailhead, behind the Drury Inn on Loop 1604 and Interstate 10 West.

Runners of all ages came out to support the kinesiology department.

Professor Brad Dudney said about 60 of the runners were from the community, and the other 150 were students.

“The most exciting thing about the run is that the majority of our students have never done a real race like this, and the feedback we got was that they really enjoyed it,” Dudney said.

Haleigh Hunter-Galvan, left, O'Connor High School student and mom Liza Hunter-Galvan are first 5-mile runners to cross the finish line.  Photo by Robbin Cresswell

Haleigh Hunter-Galvan, left, O’Connor High School student and mom Liza Hunter-Galvan are first 5-mile runners to cross the finish line. Photo by Robbin Cresswell

The annual event raised about $2,500. Last year’s totals were higher because more runners participated.

Proceeds help fund Kinesiology Club members’ travel to the Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention in Dallas next month. It also funds a scholarship for K-Club members.

K-Club members spent most of the semester gaining sponsors for the boot camp run. Several area sponsors joined in on the cause, including Bill Miller Bar-B-Q and Main Street Pizza & Pasta.

This year’s participants did not receive medals.

Instead, a raffle went on during the race for all participants. As soon as runners crossed the finish line, they placed the bottom half of their number badge into a basket for a raffle. The prizes were donated gift baskets and gift cards.

An assortment of snacks, including bagels and fruit, was available for the race supporters and runners. Also, water stations were along the route.

Some of the classes in the kinesiology department required students to participate in the event. The event served as a final grade for some students.

Students from KINE 1306, First Aid, were able to receive credit for class tardiness if they staffed the first aid stations on the route. Also, K-Club members passed out T-shirts and gave information to the runners.

Kinesiology sophomore Tyler Pennington has been a member of the K-Club for the past three years and has run in previous races. He was unable to run this year because of an ankle injury.

“I do this because it’s a great way to volunteer with the community, network and it’s great exercise,” Pennington said.

Kinesiology sophomore Elijah Martinez was the first to cross the finish line for the 10-miler in 1:01:40. Martinez was also the first to cross the finish line at last year’s event. His goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

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