SCES Great Gator 5K & Fun Run is a great success

Posted May 13, 2013 at 5:22 PM, Filed Under: Schools, Sports, Village Mill

5k raceBy Meredith Robinson
School Correspondent

Sunshine and smiles abounded at the Second Annual Great Gator 5K and Kids Fun Run held at Swift Creek Elementary School on April 27. A sea of green and blue shirts flooded the school’s campus as over 100 children participated in the Kids Fun Run with an obstacle course; nearly 400 children and adults ran the 5K. A professional announcer and DJ added to the festivities.

Several victims, also known as SCES teachers and administrators, kicked off the festivities by taking a whipped cream pie to the face. The fifth-grade honors chorus sang the national anthem and a moment of silence followed in support of runners and their families everywhere.

5K runners ages 3- to 75-years-old followed the course along the lovely paths and parkways of Brandermill. The mid-portion of the course wound through Brandermill Woods where runners took a water break. In less than 20 minutes the fastest runners returned to SCES where a hoard of cheering spectators greeted them.

Obstacle courseThe top female finishers were: Elizabeth Knize, first place with a time of 19:32; Madison Carpenter, second place; and Michelle Andino, third place. The top male finishers were: Eric Etka, fist place with a time of 18:56; Dustin Thiesse of Heritage Woods, second place; and Talha Iqbal, third place.

Following the 5K Fun Run participants navigated several obstacles on the SCES track including hay bales, hoops, water noodles and cones as hundreds of onlookers cheered them on.

The purpose of the Great Gator 5K and Kids Fun Run is to celebrate healthy living as a community while
raising funds for the purchase of technology to put in the hands of students. The SCES PTA thanks race participants, sponsors and the host of volunteers who made it possible to achieve these goals.

For full race results and race photos, please visit

The Third Annual Great Gator 5K and Kids Fun Run is planned for April of 2014.