Runners Persevere Through Rain to Support Local Educators
“Heart of Duncanville 5K” raises $26,450 for the Duncanville ISD Education Foundation
DUNCANVILLE, TX – Braving the rain & knowing the strong chances of getting drenched, walkers & runners of the 5th Annual Heart of Duncanville 5K took to the streets on Saturday October 13th in support of the Duncanville ISD Education Foundation.
More than 1,000 people from throughout Dallas County signed up to participate in the race, which winds its way through Downtown Duncanville & Lakeside Park each fall. The skies held up for the one-mile fun run and only opened up about halfway through the 5K race. Even while getting wet, participants crossed the finish line with a smile & sense of accomplishment.
Race Director Kasey Cheshier, a marathoner himself, ran the longer race and then stood at the end high-fiving participants as they crossed the finish line in the rain. He stated, “We were excited the weather held up long enough so runners could enjoy a nice workout & support our local teachers. I was truly inspired to see so many persistent folks pushing through heavy rain to finish the race strong. Everyone that ran the race this year were champions!”
Race award winners for the 5K included Jeff Ball of Cedar Hill , who was the “Overall-Male” champion with an amazing time of 16:45 minutes (a 5:24 min average per mile). An eleven year old, Jordynn West was the “Overall-Female” winner. Gerardo Rodriguez of Duncanville was the “Masters-Male” winner for back-to-back years and Sandra Stierman won the “Masters-Female” award. The elite race continues to attract some of the best runners from throughout the region.
Setting a record for number of registered participants & financial support raised, the community event raised $26,450 in net proceeds. The 5K race benefits the Duncanville ISD Education Foundation which generates and distributes grants to Duncanville ISD teachers for programs/projects that enhance the quality of education and provide students with opportunities to become contributing citizens.
Support from over 90 sponsors helped to make the event a huge success. Thanks to Ben Franklin Apothecary, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Atmos Energy, First Presbyterian Church of Duncanville, McKesson, the Rotary Club of Duncanville, Focus Daily News, Patrick Harvey, Jaynes Memorial Chapel, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, Medical Center Arlington, KRLD News Radio and many more for their sponsorship of the event. To view all our sponsors, please visit www.HeartOfDuncanville 5K.com and patronize these wonderful companies and organizations.
Duncanville ISD teachers, students and staff supported the event in a big way during the race weekend. Brandenburg Intermediate School had the most participating runners within the entire district and will receive a catered lunch for their staff. Participants from Hardin Intermediate School won the “Spirit Award” for the best dressed team & race day spirit. Several Duncanville ISD employees won the “Heart Award” which is presented to district employees who go above and beyond to make the race a success. Winners included John Thomas, PE Coach at Hastings Elementary; Barbara Roberson-Payton, Assistant Principal at Duncanville High School; Jennifer Earnst, teacher at Daniel Intermediate; and Lari Barager, Duncanville ISD Communications Department.
Wonderful student volunteers and their leadership contributed to the success of the event as they willingly provided guidance on the course, cheers, drinks for thirsty runners and much more. They include the DHS Pantherettes and Coach Cathy Self-Morgan; DHS Volleyball Team and Coach Krystal Ellis; DHS Boys Basketball Team and Coach David Peavy; DHS Interact Club plus additional Duncanville High School students.
Race committee members included Lari Barager, Sheila Casey, Kasey Cheshier, Pat & Sandra Cheshier, Carla Fahey, David Green, Valois Hounsel, Debbie Lively, Dottie Pennebaker, Ray Pursley, Rick Smith, Bart Stephenson, and Marivel Sykes. All these individuals played a vital part in making the event a success. The committee is also extremely grateful to Duncanville ISD & the City of Duncanville for the partnership & support of the fundraiser.
Event organizer Kasey Cheshier stated, “Five years… I never imagined we’d be doing this event for this long! To be able to share my passion for the sport & support my hometown through the Education Foundation is truly a privilege. The Heart of Duncanville 5K continues to demonstrate the best of the community and it’s amazing to see so many come together to support our local educators each year…. even in the rain.”