BY GILLIAN D’ONOFRIO
A&E COPY EDITOR
While some people may have spent their Labor Day weekend relaxing, National Honor Society (NHS) members spent their Sunday volunteering. On Sep. 4, 2016, the 10th Annual King of the Hill 5K was held at Vista View Park in Davie.“This event was really cool, not only because it was the first run that NHS volunteered at this school year, but because this particular race empowers runners to stay fit and challenges them to run a 5K uphill,” NHS president, senior Jacob Wilentz said.
Club members arrived at the event at 5 a.m. and were each assigned different jobs to do during the race including helping set up, giving out water and cheering on the runners.
“I helped with registration in the beginning and then after the race started, I handed out medals to the participants as they finished,” NHS member, senior Jenna Leval said.
The race went from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and was followed by an award ceremony. All participants in the race received a medal and a t-shirt.
“Even though this event wasn’t held for a specific cause, it was a reminder of how much NHS does to positively impact our community and others around us,” Wilentz said.
Leval said her favorite part of the run was getting to talk to new people throughout the community and hearing stories of other races people have done and how devoted to running the participants were.
“NHS takes pride in participating and helping out in various runs for different causes throughout the school year and I think it makes a difference on the club members too and gives them experiences that they may not have gotten if they weren’t in the club,” Wilentz said.
The race, which is known as the start to the South Florida 5K racing season, had more than 2000 participants this year.
“Even after running a 5K the energy at the finish line was really high and everyone was just so excited and happy,” NHS member, senior Morgan Roach said. “It made me really inspired to see how motivated everyone was to finish the race and I could tell that everyone was so proud.”
NHS plans to volunteer at many more runs in the future including the upcoming Optime 5K Run on Sep. 25 at Markham Park.