Contributing Writer: Jose Lopez | Images: CCN and Round Broadcast Team —
On Saturday March 19th, Round Elementary School held their 17th annual Shamrock Run. The Shamrock Run included a 5k run and a 1 mile fun walk. The Round PTO held this event to raise money for their students. Also, the Shamrock Run records were put online by the DC Road Runners. Although it was cold and drizzling, many families and supporters of Round came and were excited to run!
This was also the kickoff event where CCN worked with Round Elementary Students in an effort to teach them basic skills that CCN members use when covering an event. In February, CCN meet with Scott Baldwin, Round Principal and Nancy Brino, Round Broadcast Sponsor to coordinate a high school/ elementary school media team for the Shamrock Run. The day of the event, four Round students from the broadcast team meet with current CCN members to get hands on experience at the Shamrock Run. They were taught how to use DSLR cameras, and were given instructions to take photos through out the event.
The event started within the green shamrock colored halls of Round Elementary. Volunteers, including Osbourn High School’s Interact club and members of our community, greeted participants as they signed in. They received a green shirt and went inside the gymnasium where they could grab snacks and drinks. There were many different stands where the sponsors of the Shamrock Run stationed to provide information about their businesses. At 8:30, the elements fitness for Women Zumba/WerQ dance team pumped up the racers with a dance warm up. Members of CCN even joined in on the fun.
After the warm up, the racers went outside and those participating in the fun walk went first. Round’s mascot Rocky the Raccoon added to the racers excitement. They lined up at 9:00, then the announcer yelled, “go!” and the racers were off. Five minutes later the participants of the 5k lined up. They started their race and volunteers stood at different checkpoints on the track to guide the racers. The first one back was Emmanuel Ramirez with a time of 14 minutes and 8 seconds. Congratulations to Emmanuel for winning first place and to all of the participants of the Shamrock Run.
To add to the excitement, the United Martial Arts performed their routines and amazed everyone by breaking boards. One of their youngest members jumped over three volunteer kids and smashed a board with a kick on the other side! This was a perfect ending show for the run.
The event closed with the announcement of the winners. They were each given medals with shamrocks on them. The announcers then thanked the sponsors and everyone who cam out to race. Even though the day was cold and rainy, everyone stayed happy and had fun in this years successful Shamrock Run.
Teaching younger students at Round Elementary what we do in CCN was a fun experience. They were able to see how we manage or website, and how we write articles for the events based off of our observations. Some of their pictures are even in this post! We look forward to continue working with them, and hopefully they will be a Osbourn High School CCN member in the future!