On April 20, the 2nd annual Salt Lake Community College Earth Day 5K Fun Run/Walk kicked off from the Taylorsville Redwood Campus.
Around 100 people registered to run in the charity race which looped around the SLCC campus. Proceeds from the race went to local non-profits including the Maliheh Clinic and the Sunnyvale Refugee Neighborhood Center.
“This is for a particular program, which is Sunnyvale Apartment Neighborhood Center where a lot of refugees live,” said Gerald Brown, director of the Refugee Services Office at the Utah Department of Workforce Services who also participated in the race. “We have a neighborhood center where they help kids with after school homework.”
Daemon Hodges was the first to arrive at the finish line with total time of 19 minutes. Along with his gold medal, he received a swag bag that included a plant. Jack Brown and Brett Nestman came in second and third respectively.
The first woman to arrive at the finish line was Ashley Hammin at about the 21 minute mark
“I didn’t really train; I just like to run,” said Hammin. “I run four times a week. I usually run a mile in about seven minutes.”
After the race, organizers served bagels with cream cheese to everyone that went and supported the runners.