Running for a reason: 5K competition in Immokalee raises supports for propagandize supplies

April 28, 2016 - School Supplies

Volunteer Melissa Soto passes out medalions to a finishers. The fifth annual Run for Backpacks on Saturday, Apr 23 during Immokalee Airport lifted supports to yield propagandize reserve for students. Lance Shearer/Citizen Correspondent

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Selena Velasquez, 17, is a initial womanlike finisher. The fifth annual Run for Backpacks on Saturday, Apr 23 during Immokalee Airport lifted supports to yield propagandize reserve for students. Lance Shearer/Citizen Correspondent


Melissa Torres, right, ran with her daughter, Breanna Cardenas, 16. The fifth annual Run for Backpacks on Saturday, Apr 23 during Immokalee Airport lifted supports to yield propagandize reserve for students. Lance Shearer/Citizen Correspondent


Erasmo Cruz and Lorenzo Robles finished initial and second. The fifth annual Run for Backpacks on Saturday, Apr 23 during Immokalee Airport lifted supports to yield propagandize reserve for students. Lance Shearer/Citizen Correspondent


The younger set heads out on their fun run. The fifth annual Run for Backpacks on Saturday, Apr 23 during Immokalee Airport lifted supports to yield propagandize reserve for students. Lance Shearer/Citizen Correspondent

By Lance Shearer, Citizen Correspondent

The streets of Immokalee got a examination on Saturday morning. The Harvest Festival march marched by town, with charcterised fruits and vegetables, beauty manifestation queens including Miss Pre-Teen Florida, and a Flintstones tiny automobile uncover of a Araba Shrine temple.

But before a parade, about 100 runners battered down by downtown in a Run for Backpacks, lifting income to yield propagandize reserve for area schoolchildren. The race, with a start during 8 a.m., began and finished during Immokalee Airport Park, a same plcae where a Immokalee Harvest Festival took place after a parade.

In a fifth year, a Run for Backpacks is sponsored by Lipman Family Farms, before famous as 6L’s, that is headquartered in Immokalee and a largest open margin tomato grower in North America. Jaime Weisinger, executive of village and supervision family for Lipman, and a family member himself, served as competition director.

“We’ve distributed some-more than 4,000 backpacks filled with propagandize reserve to Immokalee facile and center propagandize students” given commencement a module in 2012, pronounced Weisinger. “Thanks to a sponsors, any dollar we lift goes to yield a backpacks, though anything taken out for expenses.” Sponsors, he noted, embody Gargiulo, their closest competitor.

“The backpacks are filled with binders, folders, folder paper, glue sticks, crayons, a pencil box and pencil sharpener, pens and more.” Participating sponsors such as McDonald’s also supplement coupons and other giveaways that are enclosed in a backpacks, he added.

The fastest runners on Saturday morning all were members of a Immokalee High School lane or cranky nation teams, and both in many cases. Their coach, Hugh Gijon, ran a competition as well, and got a good perspective of his runners, from a rear, as they pulled divided from their mentor.

“I was usually perplexing to survive, Gijon pronounced after a race, relaxing in a shade with members of his team. He coaches both lane and cranky nation during a school. “All of them came in forward of me. Immokalee is a using town. These kids take it seriously.”

The series one and dual masculine finishers, Erasmo Cruz, 15, and Lorenzo Robles, 16, both sophomores during Immokalee High, pulled divided from a rest of a container and ran many of a 5-kilometer, or about three-mile, march in tandem with usually any other and an chaperon car for company. By a final spin behind to a park during a airport, Cruz had non-stop adult a two-second lead, and looked behind over his shoulder to check on a swell of his rival. Cruz notched a time of 18 minutes, 27.1 seconds, while Robles finished in 18:29.7.

Selena Velasquez, 17, a comparison during Immokalee High, finished initial among a females, with a time of 21:47.5. Bernardo Barnhart, 11, simply won his age group, and put on a emanate as he approached a inflatable arch of a finish line.

“I’ve got my eye on Bernardo. He’s one of a destiny runners,” pronounced Gijon.

Volunteers including Melissa Soto handed out medallions on red, white and blue ribbons to all a finishers, and draped them over their necks if they slowed down prolonged enough. Melissa Torres ran a 5K with her daughter, Brenna Cardenas, 16. Who came in first?

“She did, of march — I’m removing old,” pronounced Torres, gulping down H2O after her run and still means to conduct a smile. Benjamin Hernandez, another of a post-school age runners, was blunter about his exertions.

“I’m going to go somewhere and pass out,” he said.

Capt. Paul Devan of a Immokalee Fire-Rescue Department was on palm with a firefighter named Travis in box anyone indeed did pass out on a course, and gave a float to a photographer to locate shots of a runners along a way, as good as a tip on where to find an glorious breakfast. They endorsed a Kountry Kitchen, usually down a travel from their station. This was useful advice, as a grill cookers were wafting delicious aromas over a park, though hours divided from carrying food prepared to go for a Harvest Festival.

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