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5K fundraiser has guests running for a cause

John Durant, son of strength and conditioning coach Matt Durant, and his grandmother Cindy Haaker participate in the 5K Fun Run/Walk hosted by the La Verne Athletic Training Student Club. The 5K was part of the several activities held on Saturday, leading up to the Homecoming football game against Pomona-Pitzer. / photo by Katherine Careaga

John Durant, son of strength and conditioning coach Matt Durant, and his grandmother Cindy Haaker participate in the 5K Fun Run/Walk hosted by the La Verne Athletic Training Student Club. The 5K was part of the several activities held on Saturday, leading up to the Homecoming football game against Pomona-Pitzer. / photo by Katherine Careaga

Erica Maurice
Staff Writer

On a cold misty Saturday morning dozens of people gathered in Sneaky Park for the University of La Verne’s Athletic Training Education Program’s 5K Fun Run.

This is the major fundraiser of the year for the Athletic Training Student Club.

The objective of the fundraiser is to raise money to send the club members to the national convention in Las Vegas. The money will help cover members’ room fees.

“We pay for our own registration, but the club ensures that we all can go,” said Lindsey Nevarez, junior athletic training major. “We also want to spread the knowledge of what athletic trainers actually do.”

This annual event has been held for more than 30 years. The Athletic Training Education Program took it over about 12 years ago.

More than 90 people registered for this event. The race began at 8 a.m. and cost $15 if a runner registered before Oct. 17 and $20 on race day.

This fee included a t-shirt and a breakfast.

Before the event began there were opening statements by President Devorah Lieberman and Paul Alvarez, athletic training and education program director.

Lieberman recognized alumni who were in attendance and boasted the schools renovations such as Ortmayer Stadium, Davenport Dining Halls’s patio, and Vista La Verne residence hall. She also told the runners to applaud themselves.

Associated Students of University of La Verne help fund the 5 k every year.

Alvarez spoke about the importance of safety because participants would be running and walking on the sidewalks unlike other city 5 k’s that block intersections so people can run in the middle of the streets.

“Be safe but run like crazy for those of you who are competitive,” Alvarez said.

The run gave out 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places for men and women. They also gave out random merchandise awards depending on how people placed.

Some of the merchandise given out included t-shirts donated by sports teams on campus and businesses around La Verne.

Female winners were Kari Redman, La Verne resident and aluma in first place; Lorali Mossaver-Rahman, a sophomore at Bonita High School in second; and Dede Aguayo, an alumna and La Verne resident in third.

“I ride horses, I think that is how I am able to run because I don’t run,” said Mossaver-Rahmani.

“I feel good, good, good,” said Aguayo. “This is my first time running without my twin.”

Redman ran a 20:28.

Men’s winners were Mike Riggs, alumnus and resident of La Verne, in first place, Adam Wu, assistant director of admission, in second, and Daniel Alvarez, La Verne resident, in third.

“I’ve been running all my life,” Riggs said.

Riggs completed the three-mile race with a time of 17:55. He has participated in 18 5k Fun Runs over the years.

“I feel great,” said Redman. “It’s a great way to start off the day,”

Erica Maurice can be reached at erica.maurice@laverne.edu.

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