Published on March 17, 2014 | by Alexandra Scarlato Photography by Brittney Krueger0
This years run is hoping for sun
As the days get warmer the Fitness and Health Promotion students prepare for the biggest event of their academic career, Humber’s 7th Annual 5k Fun Run/Walk.
“Nothing less than a great time,” is how 2nd year Fitness and Health Promotion student Randy Blanchard remembers the event.
The students are hard at work getting ready to show the community a day full of invigorating exercise and great company in a positive and motivating environment.
“The event will be whatever you choose to make of it, whether that be a challenge of setting a new record time or just a day out with physical activity,” said Blanchard.
The event has grown popular among the Humber College students. Organizers encourage and welcome new faces to participate each year, no matter their skillset.
“A lot of the students that attend tend to be fitness students but you don’t have to be a hardcore athlete to participate, everyone is welcome. I’m not a runner, so I walked it and enjoyed it,” said Elisse Greenspoon, Math and Biomechanics instructor at Humber.
This year the students involved plans to set up booths in the Guelph-Humber building and come up with new strategies and tactics to reach a wider audience.
Students want to accumulate as many pictures, videos and reviews as they possibly can to create a better experience for participants as well as a learning tool for future students.
With the use of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, Yana Gushcihinia, Social Media Leader, is constantly updating users on important event details.
“Social media is just so effective especially when dealing with issues like the cancellation and rescheduling of last year’s event but even just to promote it and get students, staff and the community to come out,” said Gushcihinia.
There will be great prizes and incentives at this year’s event with sponsors such as Lululemon, Oliver and Bonacini Restaurants and Z103.5 fm.
Debra Basch, Fitness and Health Promotion instructor said, “this year the team has decided to focus more on prizes for the general masses rather than just rewarding the top runner,” hoping that this will attract non-runners to the event.
Due to an unexpected ice storm last April, the Run/Walk event turned into a play day in the gym with a variety of stations and activities.
Organizers said this was not exactly what the students had spent months preparing for but considering the circumstance they had to make due on such short notice.
“We literally had three hours to change our event and re-focus,” said Basch.
Basch has been helping students organize this event for the past few years as a way to encourage positive community involvement and saw this incident as a teachable moment, exposing students to valuable lessons in event planning.
Even though the weather was a barrier in the process of the event, Basch thought this was an excellent way for students to learn elements of conflict resolution.
“This could happen…it’s not about fault or blame but instead it’s circumstantial,” said Basch.
There were approximately 500 participants who attended the play day.
“They did it! They pulled it off and there was an excellent turn out,” said Basch.
A difficult task for students dealt with sponsors not being able to participate in the play day.
“When getting sponsors there is certain criteria that follows, so because the event changed from a walk to a play day, certain things didn’t follow the criteria,” said Stephanie Latchminarine, Fitness and Health Promotion student at Humber College.
This year the event team is crossing their fingers for a day full of sunshine.
The Humber Fun Run/Walk will be held on April 10 at the north campus.
Contact the students through the Facebook page for more details.