Inaugural Panther 5K Run/Walk is April 17
The SFCC Foundation Inc. and Bill Jarrett Ford Mercury are sponsoring the inaugural SFCC Panther 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 17, at the South Florida Community College Highlands Campus. Proceeds benefit the college’s intercollegiate athletics programs.
The entry fee is $20 through April 7 and $25 from April 8 through race day. Students with a current I.D. may register for $15. Every participant receives a Dri-Fit long-sleeve shirt. (Size is not guaranteed for those who enter after April 7.)
Registration is 6:30-7:15 a.m. on race day in the parking lot in front of the SFCC University Center. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. on a route that travels past the SFCC Theatre for the Performing Arts and the Tower of Enlightenment, around the Health and Science Education Center, past the SFCC Public Service Academy, down to Memorial Drive, and then returns to its starting point.
Awards will be presented to the first three finishers in each age and gender category as well as Overall and Masters.
Numerous SFCC staff members are avid runners with extensive experience competing in 5K races, including Don Appelquist, executive director, SFCC Foundation Inc. In the early spring, they came together to discuss the possibility of organizing a 5K run at the Highlands Campus. From there, everything began falling into place.
“We wanted to do something that will support intercollegiate athletics,” Appelquist said. “This will be the inaugural race, and we hope to continue it every year.”
“We are excited about the inaugural Panther 5K,” said Rick Hitt, director, SFCC Athletic Department. “We appreciate the recommendation that was made to have this event and the proceeds go to support SFCC athletics. We continue to be blessed with people within our community who provide outstanding support for all the events here at the college. I am grateful to our 5K committee for all of their work and to all those who will participate in and sponsor the event. We are looking forward to a great day.”
Entry forms are available online. Participants can mail their copies and entry fees to the SFCC Foundation Inc., 13 East Main Street, Avon Park, FL 33825. To enter with a credit card or for more information about the SFCC Panther 5K Run/Walk, call the foundation at 453-3133.