The Putnam Health & Fitness Center 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit Special Olympics Florida had 32 runners, several spectators and a host of PHFC members who volunteered their time and energy to make the event successful.
Pat Mead, Pomona Park Council Member and PHFC member, kicked off the event by welcoming all participants and visitors to PHFC and Pomona Park. Pat stated she hoped to see the 5K become an annual event. Special Olympics Athletic, Ashlyn Savel, gave a heartwarming speech to the runners and thanked PHFC for hosting the run.
After the National Anthem, the whistle blew, and the race began. Twenty-nine minutes, 59-seconds later, Charles Kline crossed the finish line, winning the race. Charles was followed closely by Lynn Skelton, with a time of 33-minutes, 30-seconds. Clink here for a full list of 5k participants with run times.
As runners crossed the finish line, they were awarded a medal and greeted with applause and cheers from the onlookers.
PHFC raised $1100.00 and is working with Kristin Radloff to determine what type of equipment will be purchased to enhance the Special Olympic training. PHFC will host a weightlifting event for the Special Olympics – Putnam team this fall.
PHFC would like to thank the 5K corporate sponsors; McKinnon Furniture, Time Clock Sponsor, South Putnam Church, Water Station Sponsor, Azalea Health, Water Station Sponsor, Walsh Logic, Trophy Sponsor, and USA Fitness, Contributing Sponsor. The PHFC 5K was successful due to the teamwork of the town of Pomona Park, PHFC staff, volunteers, donors, Special Olympics Florida, sponsors, and all 5k participants. If you were unable to attend the race, but would like to support the Special Olympics Florida, PHFC is accepting donations through April 30th.