SHES Purple Up 5K

by Stefanie Thompson, Stearley Heights Elementary School
Stripes Okinawa

The Stearley Heights Elementary School PTO and Running Club hosted their 1st Annual Purple Up 5K Fun Run on Saturday, April 21st. Parents and children gathered to celebrate our littlest heroes- our military children.

To celebrate the sacrifices our amazing military children make, 145 runners pounded the pavement for 3.1 miles. Running Club sponsors, Stefanie Thompson and Marie Perez-Lumbreras, kicked off the race with speeches about military children’s ability to face adversity, adapt well to new surroundings, make new friends, and thrive in any culture.

First place finishers Angel M. Olmo, third grade student and his father Angel L. Olmo finished with a time of 21 minutes and 43 seconds. Angel M. is a member of the SHES Running Club. Angel M. commented that “running club is fun” and his favorite part is that “everyone cheers for everyone else.” The Stearley Heights Running Club is 98 students strong...nearly 25% of the school’s student population! The club is open to all students throughout the year and encourages students to build safe running habits; work on running endurance and stamina; set goals and conquer them; and, most importantly, build lifelong, healthy habits.

This event was made possible due to Airmen Leadership School volunteers, Stearley Heights parent volunteers, Stearley Heights staff, and the Stearley Heights PTO. These devoted volunteers manned water and first aid stations, served as crossing guards, and handled registration. Due to the popularity of this event, it will be held again next year!

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