Nearly 120 adults and children participated in the 2012 HCC Cougar Crawl 5K Run/Walk Challenge, raising almost $6,000 for HCC adult education and literacy programs.
"It was a really beautiful day," said Keith McKittrick, HCC's director of Development."It was really nice to see families out there together, getting some exercise and raising money to support other families in their efforts to learn English and improve themselves."
The 5K race started in front of the Kittredge Center, hooked around the soccer field and then headed out onto the main road that circles the campus, circling back to finish on the soccer field. Dozens of HCC faculty and staff ran in the race and volunteered to help the event run smoothly. Also helping out were members of the HCC Board of Trustees and members of the board of the HCC Foundation, which raises money for HCC programs and scholarships.
"It was a challenging course, but many people said they'd come back next year," McKittrick said. "People liked that the campus was closed to traffic so they didn't have to worry about cars."
Tim Mahoney of Holyoke was the top finisher, with a time of 16:41.
"We had 18 children under the age of 11," said McKittrick. "We had people with dogs, people pushing baby carriages. It was nice."
After the race, participants were treated to a barbecue and many people threw down blankets in the grass and enjoyed the day in the sun. "It was a very nice family atmosphere," said McKittrick.
Money raised from the race will be used to support programs at HCC's Adult Learning Center in Holyoke, which occupies the top two floors of the Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center, located at the HCC transportation center, 206 Maple St., Holyoke.
Photos: (Left) Runners head out at the start of the HCC 5K Cougar Crawl on Sunday, May 20th. (Right) HCC student Jane Kaufman holds her award as the first female student finisher in the race.