About 95 people from across Kansas gathered on the Pedestrian Mall outside our center in Chalmers Hall May 7 to participate in the inaugural Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight and 1.5-mile fun walk. The weather was perfect, the crowd was fun and the event raised $1,025 for K-State cancer research!
We are so grateful to K-State Research & Extension (KSRE), the coordinators of the acclaimed Walk Kansas health initiative, for supporting us! The partnership is perfect since exercise, good nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight all help reduce cancer risk. Many thanks to the “WK5K” planning committee, especially Sharolyn Jackson, Walk Kansas state coordinator; Katie Allen, KSRE communications specialist; and JCRC affiliated researcher Dr. Ric Rosenkranz, department of food, nutrition, dietetics & health.
We also thank longtime JCRC supporter Sunny 102.5 FM for donating a live remote broadcast, p.a. services and bottled water. Sunny’s presence made it even more fun! Thanks also to Pat Melgares of Manhattan Cross Country Club and Let’s Go Run, for the excellent and discounted timing service and extra guidance! And we couldn’t have pulled it all off without our event-day volunteers, which included K-State students and KSRE professionals.
Next year’s WK5K is planned for the same weekend, Sat. May 6, 2017. We plan to add even more fun elements for all, so mark your calendar and start training!