On October 6, the Woodbridge Campus hosted the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation’s (NVCCEF) annual 5K run to raise money for scholarships. Held right outside of the new Woodbridge Arts and Science building, this is the second year the event has been held at the Woodbridge Campus.
More than 340 runners and walkers registered for the race. Awards went to the top male, top female, top overall and top in each age group. The team competition award went to Sport & Health’s team. Woodbridge Provost Sam Hill started the race which followed a challenging 5K (3.1 mile) course that began at the Campus, went to the Stonebridge Shopping Center and back to campus.
In addition to the race, the Campus hosted the second Community Expo with more than 25 vendors. The event included free post-race massages by NOVA’s Massage Therapy program, health and fitness demonstrations on stage, a DJ, Sentara’s mammography van, a local fire truck and kids’ activities. The expo also featured a raffle drawing for two footballs signed by Washington Redskins players Shawn Springs and London Fletcher.
Thanks to the entire race planning committee which was comprised of a number of NOVA faculty and staff, as well as community volunteers including John Ruffino, Jennifer Jones, Rolando Garcia, Heather Witmer, Michelle Urhan, Barbara Eubanks-Thurston, Missy Nystrom, Jennifer Sovine, Nancy Crippen, William Spaulding and Lawrence Nightingale. Other key volunteers were Mike Blackwell for coordinating the race route, and Dave Dillon for making the race route signs and documenting the event with photos. Thank you to the 75 volunteers including NOVA EMS students, alumni, faculty, staff and students who helped the event run smoothly.
A special thanks goes out to the event sponsors: Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, Wegmans and Sport & Health. Roadside Development also partnered with NOVA to have the race go through the Stonebridge Shopping Center, Medical Transport for providing first response service during the run and working with the EMS students, and Nando’s Peri Peri for providing lunch for the volunteers.