“On your mark, get set, go!”
On Sunday, May 18, 2014, the Junior League of Colorado Springs (JLCS) will host the sixth annual Reach Your Peak 5k. Beginning and ending at the University Village Center’s pavilion, Reach Your Peak will be an exciting family-friendly event that encourages our local community to get together and spend the morning in a fun, active environment while raising money for the JLCS.
Last year, it was a record setting 216 participant event!! It was really wonderful to see so many families participating together. In fact, one mother told a committee member that this was the annual 5k she and her son decided to participate in this year. What an honor for the Junior League!
The morning started at 7 a.m. with many participants showing up to pick up their goody bags, which included t-shirts, water bottles, and lots of coupons and items from our amazing sponsors like the Springs Modern Dentistry, REI, Road ID, Sports Authority, Front Range Orthopaedics, Tan Your Hide, and Soccer Buddies. We had more than 15 people register at the event itself, which is amazing!
The 5k began at 8 a.m., and runners, walkers, and strollers made their way to the Pikes Peak Greenway trail. Timing was sponsored by the Colorado Running Company. Once they crossed the finish line, participants were treated to fruit from Safeway, bread and coffee from the Great Harvest Bread Company, chocolate milk from Royal Crest Dairy, and chair massages from Academy of Massage Essentials.
Following the 5k, the kids who attended Reach Your Peak were able to participate in a free kids’ run, which started with a stretching session led by Sox the Fox. Each child who participated in the short run won a prize which included gifts from sponsors like Culver’s, It’z Family, Food & Fun, and Chick-fil-A.
Reach Your Peak ended with a prize ceremony and prize drawing. Our first place male and female winners, Ric Chura and Sharon Greenbaum, received more than $1,500 in prizes from D-1 Performance, Elite Vision, the Springs Modern Dentistry, and Comedy Works. Second place male and female, Mike Greenbaum and Laura Nichols, won more than $750 in prizes from Carmichael Training, Hacienda Colorado, Sports Authority, and Comedy Works. The first place stroller winner, Jay Medenwaldt, received a great prize from Happy Baby, as well as a gift certificate from Elite Vision.
This year’s Reach Your Peak was such a wonderful time for the participants and our League members. Each participant walked away knowing what the JLCS is all about and what our goals are to better our local community. Thank you to the Reach Your Peak committee for all of its hard work in hosting such a great fundraiser and we look forward to a bigger event this year!