Lander 2nd Annual Bearcat Breakout 5K a Success

May 15, 2013
PEES Donation
Each year, Lander's Physical Education and Exercise Studies (PEES) Club hosts the Bearcat Breakout 5K race. When asked why the club decided to sponsor the event, Lander assistant professor of exercise science Leland Nielsen said, "Putting on a 5k can provide our students with a great experience that involves leadership, planning, service and, of course, exercise." The race is also intended to promote the health and fitness of the community through adopting an active lifestyle. The club seeks to provide outreach within the area by donating all proceeds to a local organization or charity that embodies the spirit and promotes the strong values of the Greenwood community. For the second year, the donation was designated for the Girls on the Run program at Connie Maxwell Children's Home. Of the 111 people who signed up, 85 competitors, ranging from age 7 to 69, took part in the race. The event was staffed by around 40 volunteers, including Lander students and faculty, and Greenwood community members. This year, the event raised $519, which was presented to Connie Maxwell officials in April. Pictured, from left, are: Seth Whitehead, of Jonesville, Jessica Byers, of Rock Hill; Dr. Ben Davis, Connie Maxwell president; Marina Miller, of Prosperity; and Eric Taylor, Connie Maxwell vice president of Development.