The Rain & Cold Doesn’t Deter Everyone From the Annual 5k
Despite temperatures in the 40s and rain Saturday morning, 168 people came out to take part in Guardian Angels’ 7th Annual Heavenly Hog Jog - 5K Run/Walk. More than 400 people registered for the run/walk to support Guardian Angels.
Phil Helbig, 47-years-old, was the overall winner of the race with a time of 18:46. The first female across the line was 14-year-old Olivia Connaughton. She finished in 19:07. After the race, there was a Kids Fun Run for the youngest athletes.
The race is part of a bigger event that gets GA students involved in the community. Since Guardian Angels created the 5K, middle school students have been pairing another initiative with the race. For the support received in the 5K, the students Pay It Forward. In February, eighth graders from Guardian Angels went to a Clermont County school to teach kindergarteners. Because of budget cuts, the West Clermont School District made cuts to “specials” in the schools. So, Guardian Angels eighth graders brought Art, Music, Library, Spanish, Gym, and Science to Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary School by setting up a station for each. Earlier this month, seventh graders volunteered at Matthew 25 Ministries. While at the facility, students also worked on projects for the organization which included sorting through donated shoes and putting hygiene items into packages for disaster victims. Sixth graders will visit two local nursing homes in April.