Super Heroes Assemble for Halloween 5k

Story and photos by Marie White, staff writer
The participants gather for a group photo at the start of the event.

Thirty-five costumed participants showed up at the Halloween 5k to burn off some calories from the Recreation and Welfare Club’s Krispy Kreme fundraiser.

Characters including Alvin and the Chipmunks, a member of the Incredibles, Rich Uncle Pennybags, Spiderman, Black Panther, a spartan warrior, and a group of runaway brides walked and jogged around the course as the sun set behind the Appalachian Mountains. Some employees brought their children to partake in the fun, and there were even a few dogs.

“The community really rallied together for this combined wellness event and fundraiser. Together, the group walked/ran a combined distance of nearly 112 miles in costumes to raise $700 for Camp Fantastic,” said Stacy Taylor, administrative assistant, Enterprise Information Technology Directorate.

Camp Fantastic is a weeklong summer camp for children either with cancer or in remission and their siblings. At the camp, they can partake in traditional summer activities such as roasting marshmallows and singing around a campfire, swimming and canoeing, and even horseback riding.

The Halloween 5k course began in the parking lot of Building 426 and looped around the campus for one-and-a-half miles. To complete the 5k, participants rounded the course twice. Once finished, they picked up a completion medal and a bag containing some healthy Halloween treats such as granola bars and fruit snacks, as well as a skull-shaped stress ball, hand sanitizer, Chapstick, and a bottle of water.

The runaway brides. Spiderman leads a group of walkers around the course. The spartan was one of the first to complete the course. Even a couple of dogs joined in the fun. Father and daughter pose for a photo mid-walk.