Staff Writer

The snow that covered the Clarksville area began to melt as the sun peeked through the clouds, giving way to the numerous amount of people who came out on APSU campus in support of the Breast Cancer Awareness 5K walk.

The event, which took place on Saturday, Feb. 12, was co-hosted by the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center and the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center. Registration began at 9 a.m.; by noon contestants were off walking or running.

While it was advertised as a 5K walk, participants could choose to either walk or run the 5K which started on the corner of Marion and Eighth Streets.

The walk also accepted donations.

Breast cancer, according to an article in The Signal, affects “an estimated 2.3 million women in the United States.”

The purpose of this 5K was to generate support in the community and on campus, as well as generate awareness and donations for the ongoing research.

Jennifer Minella, senior nursing major and a participant in the 5K, stated she ran about three-quarters of the race while walking the rest.

Minella said, “I have recently picked up the habit of running and had never been involved in a 5K, so I thought this would be a great way to start. Also, a lot of my friends were interested.”

While Minella stated she did not raise any money herself, she did know there were a lot of donations made from various people.

When asked about the benefits of doing something of this magnitude for a specific cause Minella responded, “being able to do something great for a great reason.

The weather was perfect. It was also a great way to raise awareness for breast cancer.”

The 5K also provided refreshments and giveaways for participants.

It was a largely successful event, accumulating numerous amounts of donations and a large number of participants.

“It was a great experience, with wonderful people. It may have been my first 5K, but it won’t be my last. I would definitely do it again,” Minella said. TAS