By DIANE TURNER-HURNS
Journal & Topics Reporter
According to race organizers, $4,000 was raised and more than 200 people participated in Rosemont Elementary School’s first “Keep Calm Glow On” 5K walk and race on Friday, Oct. 14 to support the school and breast cancer cure research.
By 6 p.m. the check-in registration area at the school was packed with people wearing some form of pink and carrying glow sticks. The race kicked-off at 6:30 p.m. as the crowds passed through a massive pink balloon start and finish line. Participants wound their way through Rosemont along Ruby, Devon, Norwood and Scott streets.
People of all ages participated in the event including many pink swathed stroller bound babies.
Prior to the race it was announced that Rosemont School students Jonnie Watts, Colleen Carey, Rylee Sammons and Fiona Monaco registered the most people for the 5K, giving them the opportunity to start the race by pulling a Rosemont fire engine siren. School Benefit Club President Vanessa Cooper introduced them to the crowd.
Principal Kevin Anderson and several teachers and administrators pitched in and ran the registration area and helped set up and run the post-race party, which included an extensive buffet and music.
Funds raised will go to the school for children’s activities and the Susan Komen breast cancer research foundation. Benefit Club Vice President Mary Scianna, Treasurer Kristen Shamoon and Secretary Maria Stephens also helped plan the event.
Rosemont Mayor Bradley Stephens joined the crowd for the 5K. A party in the school gymnasium was held after the race and lasted until 9 p.m.
Twenty-one local businesses donated raffle prizes and funds to support the race, including the mayor, Cooper said.