Whether they were walking or running, a crowd of about 500 people turned out for the fifth annual Heart of Duncanville 5K on Saturday morning despite the threat of rain.
The skies held for the one-mile fun run and only opened up after the 5K race began.
Event organizer Kasey Cheshier, a marathoner himself, ran the longer race then stood at the end high-fiving participants as they crossed the finish line.
“I always love sharing my love for the sport with the community,” Cheshier said.
More than 1,000 people signed up to participate in the race, which winds its way through downtown Duncanville every October. Many of those were Duncanville ISD staff, students and their families.
Students from Sherri Hevron’s third grade class at Central Elementary School led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance before the 1K, and the four seniors from Duncanville High School’s choral program who make up the group M4M sang their acapella version of the Star Spangled Banner to kick off the 5K.
Each year, the Heart of Duncanville 5K planning committee recognizes several individuals for their contribution to the success of the race. The 2018 Heart Award winners are Jennifer Earnst, team captain at Daniel Intermediate School, Lari Barager, district communications department and Heart of Duncanville 5K committee member, Barbara Roberson-Payton, team captain at Duncanville High School and John Thomas, team captain at Hastings Elementary School.
Daniel Intermediate placed in the top three for participating campuses led by the enthusiasm of Ms. Earnst. Duncanville High School’s team, anchored by captain Ms. Roberson-Payton had the largest number of participants overall and Hastings Elementary, under the leadership of Mr. Thomas, had the largest increase of participants from last year.
The team from Hardin Intermediate School was recognized for demonstrating the most spirit.
The entire staff at Brandenburg Intermediate School will receive a free lunch for having the largest percentage of employees signed up to participate. Their team captain is Kinda Lilly.
Since 2013, the Heart of Duncanville 5K has raised more than $85,000 for the Duncanville ISD Education Foundation to distribute in grants to district teachers for innovations in education.
The final numbers from Saturday’s race are still being processed and will be released at a later date.