The Palm Beach Atlantic University community met together Saturday morning for the annual 5k race at the Rinker Athletic Campus. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families poured onto the campus, excited to embark on the journey.
Sponsored by the Greene Complex and organized by the Student Wellness Committee, the race seeks to encourage healthy activity among the university family, said Abigail Milton, director of campus recreation director.
The morning began with prayer and snacking on fruit provided by Aramark, as well as smoothies from Jamba Juice.
Milton read the rules and Accuchip, the company in charge of runners' times and place, verified all understood how their device worked.
Participants numbered 127.
Junior Michael Smith placed first, with a time of 18 minutes and 28 seconds. A human performance major, he said he runs often and didn't specifically train for this race. Smith said he took a week off to participate and did so because he wanted to support the running community.
Gerrit Kurtycz placed second with a time of 28 minutes and 49 seconds.
Members of the university's running club ran together, and junior Avery Korn placed third with a time of 19 minutes and 45 seconds.
"I hope [the race] keeps happening," Smith said. "It was well put together."