Union Catholic Celebrates The Success Of Its First 5k

Pictured is a group of student runners and volunteers at Union Catholic's first 5K Race.

SCOTCH PLAINS – On Oct. 22, Union Catholic High School held its first annual 5K Run/Walk. The event was initiated by the Athletic Marketing Team and run by Joan Badala O’Donnell as a way to create momentum leading up to the 50th Anniversary in 2013. It was a success with 228 total participants.

Held on a beautiful fall day, the course took runners through a Scotch Plains neighborhood, where they returned from the race to a breakfast of bagels, fruit, and beverages at Union Catholic. The race winners and course holders were Kevin Mulligan (17:21.0) and Rosalia Diaz (23:02.0).

Union Catholic’s 50th Anniversary Celebration began in 2009 with the welcoming of the “Golden Class,” the Class of 2013. This class, now juniors, also commenced the Student Giving Program, where students monetarily give back to Union Catholic before they even leave the building upon graduation. All events for the Class of 2013 have been “golden” in some way, such as the additional activity added to their Freshman Field Day in 2010—searching for gold coins. The 5K Race was named Race to the Gold to continue with this mindset. Profits from the event will be going towards Union Catholic Athletics.

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