Emily Davis and Marissa Devine are members of the Publicity committee.
Kilometers For The Kids kicked off on Sunday morning at 8 am, with students and community members alike participating in both the one mile fun run and the five kilometer race
“It was fantastic,” said Publicity Committee member David Brewer, “It was fun getting up bright and early to run for the kids and families of UNC Children’s!”
The day began with group stretching followed by speeches given by members and parents of patients. Ashley Johns, a first-year, said hearing the parents stories before the race left an impression on her.
“The mom mentioned the hot meals [through Parent’s Night Out],” Ashley said. “You just don’t think about that, and I think it’s great that Carolina For The Kids helps out with those things.”
Will Harris, former Carolina For The Kids Executive Board member and recent 2017 graduate, finished first place among the men.
On his race, Will said, “It was really good to see all the people that came out, I was really excited to see everyone.”
To Will, Kilometers For The Kids means more than running: “It’s a way to get more people involved with our cause, bringing more people in, and bringing all the families in to show all the people that are excited for them. It’s another way to remind people throughout the year what Carolina For The Kids does and what we’re all about.”
Ally Shaw, who finished first place among the women, found out about the race through friends. Ally said that it was her first event she has participated in with Carolina For The Kids, but that she plans to do more.
Will Harris (left) and Ally Shaw (right) finishing first place in their races.
“I don’t usually do races because they cost money, but when it’s for a good cause, it’s worth it, and this is definitely a good cause.