The greAT 5k set to take off

The course for the greAT 5k race is outlined. Competitors will be running through the woods and around buildings. The race is being held to benefit the Athletic Training Club.

Castleton’s Athletic Training Club will be hosting its first annual 5k race to raise funds for the club.

The club named it the greAT 5k to highlight athletic training in it.

The race is set to kick off at 10am April 28 and race director Christian McMillan couldn’t be more excited.

“We can’t wait to see students, faculty members, the neighboring community(,) and families all come together for some friendly competition,” McMillan said.

The idea for the race stems from the hopes to give Athletic Training students learning opportunities.

“The Athletic Training Club fundraises in order to send students to regional and national conferences,” McMillan said. “We’d like to send twelve athletic trainers to the National Athletic Trainers Association convention this June.”

Castleton’s campus will be jam packed with runners, some hoping to win the race and others looking to just have fun.

Attendance is looking promising with 150 already pre-registered with the hopes of more to come.

Castleton junior Mitchell LaFlam is looking forward to the day and has even set some goals.

“I live to compete and try to win things, I am shooting for a sub-24-minute race time,” LaFlam said.

LaFlam feels the race gives people the opportunity to get out of their comfort zones.

“The 5k is a super cool idea because it allows people to put themselves out there try something they wouldn’t necessarily do,” said LaFlam with a smile.

Senior Gabby Coons is another student partaking in the fun.

“When I find out about the 5k, I decided it was a good thing to do before I graduate,” said Coons with excitement. “I hope to get under 45 minutes whether that’s walking, running or both, that’s my goal.”

Coons said the event truly embodies what Castleton community is all about and that is togetherness.

“I feel it helps our university join with the community and connect for a special cause,” she said.

McMillan agrees and hopes this special cause can really help changed AT students’ lives.

“Our club facilitates team building and creating extracurricular opportunities for students that will prepare them for their futures,” McMillan said.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. under the Castleton pavilion.

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