HCA’s first 5K raises over $15,000

November 19, 2013

On Saturday, Nov. 16, Harrells Christian Academy held its first annual 5K Run/Walk for Technology at River Landing in Wallace. Over 120 runners and walkers of all ages came out to participate in this event which raised over $15,000 for technological advancement in HCA’s high school.

It was a comfortable sunny and 58 degree morning as eager participants fired off the starting line promptly at 9:00. After only nineteen minutes had ticked from the clock, onlookers got a glimpse of the first runners approaching the finish line. First across was Cameron Simmons, male first place winner, with a time of 19:44; HCA sophomore Davis Jones was steps behind finishing at the 19:51 mark. Suzanne Tulsey, first place female winner, was the third participant to cross the finish line. Her time was 20:02. Following Tulsey, HCA high school student Spencer Cooke earned third place in the male division as he finished at 20:46. Other female winners were Lindsey Dean, second place, 21:21, and Jennifer Rouse, third place, with a time of 26:57.

Karen Burton, director of HCA’s advancement team, coordinated the event with the help of Michelle Quinn, Alumni and Giving coordinator. High school students and staff also took part by working in all areas of the race.

Burton and Quinn were very pleased with the success of this meaningful fundraiser and have already begun planning for next year’s second annual event. They shared their overwhelming gratitude to all who helped make the Run/Walk for Technology possible. “Advancing technology in our high school will help our students be more prepared for lifelong learning in a 21st century world and also make them more globally competitive. Due to the generous support of our 5K sponsors, participants, and volunteers, we will be able to fulfill and expand our technological needs at the high school level,” expressed Burton.