By Sean V. Lehosit
Kelly Marshall has helped plan and participate in charitable events for the 17 years she’s taught at Westgate Elementary School.
Three years ago she started the Westside Feeder 5K to continue these efforts.
The race consists of six laps around the school, which equals 3 miles. There is no entrance fee, but the school asks for a $5 donation that benefits Flying Horse Farms. Participants will receive a $5 cash coupon to Sports Authority for their goodwill.
Flying Horse Farm is a camp founded in 1988, which serves more than 440,000 families from over 50 countries. Its services assist more than 58,000 children who suffer from medical conditions including arthritis, asthma, cancer, bleeding disorders, and kidney and heart disease.
“They’re helping kids try to enjoy, at least for a week, normal lives,” Marshall said. “(Camp) gives them opportunity to have normal experiences.”
Marshall is an avid runner and plans to participate in the New York City Marathon later this year. She said she likes to lead my example, and brings her passion to her gym classes to help motivate her students.
“I want them to go and find something they enjoy doing,” she said.
An event like the Westside Feeder 5K not only instill healthy lifestyles for the kids, but teaches them the bigger lesson of giving back to other people, according to Marshall. It also engages the neighborhood to come out, get some exercise and do some good.
Marshall said residents should not feel intimidated if it’s their first time running a race, they can feel free to go at a comfortable pace and its all for fun.
“They should expect to have a nice crisp, fall walk or jog,” she said, “It’s a nice time to enjoy the nice, fair weather.”
The Westside Feeder 5K will be at 9 a.m. on Oct. 12 at Westgate Elementary School, 3080 Wicklow Road. Numbers will be handed out at 8:30 a.m.
For information, contact Marshall at the school office at 365-5971.