The UPS Fifth Annual 5K


Ana Suarez

The 5K was a success, with the help of all the runners and volunteers.

Albany Muria, Editor

On Saturday, September 6, the streets of Coral Gables were more jam-packed than usual as the United Parcel Service (UPS) held its fifth annual 5K, which benefited the United Way. The event took off at the Coral Gables City Hall and continued through the Granada Golf Course. The runners ran in a closed circuit, finishing where the race started. Many of them ended in triumph, and became 3.1 miles richer.

The event was led by Team FootWorks, with the help of the Coral Gables High School’s very own Student Activities and Interact, and the Coral Gables Police Department.  The Gables students, who arrived at approximately 6 a.m., helped direct runners, distribute medals and water, and pass out registration packets. The police blocked off roads and cleared the streets allowing the runners to complete the race safely. 

“I enjoyed interacting with the runners and occasionally pouring water on those who wanted it,” sophomore Julian Elortegui said.

The first runner finished strongly at roughly 15 minutes into the race. Every person coming through the finish line received a glow-in-the-dark finishing medal. Some people ran, walked or even brought their kids and strollers along. As the race finished off, participants were offered refreshments and breakfast items.

“I really enjoyed helping at the event and I would most definitely do it again. Everyone at my station was really energetic, and I liked how we got to encourage all of the runners and walkers,” senior Meghan Ballard said.

The event, made possible by many Gables volunteers, ended successfully at about 10 a.m., early enough for students, and runners, to continue their day as planned.