Nikki Velarde, The Belton Journal
The 6th Annual CTC Geekfest was well underway this past weekend at Central Texas College (CTC) in Killeen. Another facet of the biggest weekend for CTC was the 2nd Annual Glow Run/Walk 5k that took place Saturday at dusk.
“We had 300 people come out last year so we are aiming for that again this year,” said Julia Overby, Facility Assistant Manager for the Kinesiology Department. Overby helped organize, market, and put the event together along with finding volunteers from around campus and within the Kinesiology Department.
“This event is my baby,” Overby continued. “This is my last year here so this Glow run is my last one. My last hurrah.”
Getting together in a group and going out and doing something fun and exciting that also benefits the community and its students is something that Naomi Kuhn, Zumba instructor at the Boys and Girls Club, and her friends enjoy doing. “We always love going out to these types of events,” Kuhn commented. “Especially if it is in support of continued education. That is very important.”
Bluett Madera, a Jazzercise instructor in Killeen, felt the same way. Her vibrant and jazzy group of ladies do more than just Jazzercise together, they enjoy running, walking, and participating in 5k’s within the area. “We always have a lot of fun,” Madera commented.
The excitement continued as runners and walkers attempted to outdo the other on how glowy and showy they could get. In order to give everyone a clear path, the race began in three separate waves; the first for the more competitive runners, second for runners and walkers, and the third for walkers and those with strollers.
This fellowship of groups exercising together is quite a common theme for area races. The fact that the vast majority of these races benefit the community, for fundraising, or providing awareness is just an added bonus that keeps bringing people back for more.
All of the proceeds from this event go to help fund the CTC Kinesiology Scholarship that will financially help students get closer to realizing their educational goals. Kinesiology refers to the study of movement, a multifaceted field of study in which movement or physical activity is the intellectual focus. Physical activity includes exercising for improvement of health and fitness, learning movement skills, and engaging in activities of daily living, work, sport, dance, and play. It involves the general population as well as special groups such as children and older adults, people with disabilities, injuries, or disease, as well as athletes.
The department offers courses required in degree and certification programs, courses for self-improvement and programs of recreational sports. These study’s lead to a variety of careers such as teaching, research, coaching, fitness leadership, and delivering other services related to sports medicine, health promotion, high-performance athletic competition, rehabilitation, and managing sport-related enterprises. For more information on the Kinesiology Department or CTC, please visit ctcd.edu.