PNWU Run For Your Life
April 9. 2011
Our vision for the 1st annual PNWU Run For Your Life was a community event promoting physical activity and health in the Yakima Valley community. At the same time, we were hoping to raise awareness of Pacific Northwest University, letting people know who we are and what we are all about. Congratulations PNWU, mission accomplished.
I have received an amazing amount of positive feedback from a variety of people involved in Run For Your Life. It is encouraging, and leaves me overwhelmed with gratitude to all those who made this event possible. Run For Your Life was successful not from the work of a few individuals, but by everyone stepping up and working together. I would like to take this opportunity to extend a thank you to everyone who participated in the event in any way.
To the 112 PNWU students involved: You volunteered precious time, you worked hard, you ran hard, you saved the day multiple times on details that may have been overlooked, and you wore your blue shirts proudly! From the booths you ran, to the music you played, to the spontaneous tunnel formation at the end of the run, you were exactly what we needed that day. Not to mention the days, weeks, and months leading up to the event.
To the 200 5K participants from the Yakima Valley community: You showed up with an amazing energy and carried us through the day! We were excited to see everyone finish the race whether it was their first 5K or their fiftieth.
To the 20 student and community health fair booths: You are excellent teachers. What a wealth of opportunities to learn about everything from physical activity to osteopathic manipulative medicine.
To the many sponsors, donors, and registrants for the 5K: Your generosity will allow us to donate $3000 to Children’s Village. It is an amazing accomplishment for our first year, and a great precedent to set for future years.
To PNWU: Thank you for allowing us to take an idea and run with it. Your unwavering support allowed us to do what needed to be done to make this event happen.
Thank you, everyone, for seeing this vision through to completion. It was exciting to see all of our hard work pay off. We have established a tradition, so get excited to build on our success next year!
~Jacynda Wheeler, OMS II