LauraM. Brumbaugh, Guidry, Hope B.
On Saturday, March 7, 2015, St. Martin Parish 4-H sponsored the second annual “Gleaux” 4-Health 5K race and family fun run. A night dedicated to families, fitness, and fun in which 150 racers participated in.
“This event is a culmination of a year-long 4-H healthy living initiative that was made possible through the Fit4tHeFuture grant that the program received this year” said St. Martin Parish 4-H agent Laura Brumbaugh. “We wanted to encourage our 4-H members, their families, and the community to participate in a fitness activity, connecting what we have been teaching at 4-H club meetings about fitness to a real-life situation. We also wanted to show how much fun a healthy lifestyle can be” Brumbaugh said.
It was evident how fun could be had as the crowd was decked out in glowing objects and bright clothing. There was a pre-party where participants enjoyed games, educational booths, and music. The Family 1 mile fun run had 37 participants. Brady Fontenot was the first person to complete the one mile lap with a time of 8:40. The 5K started with a dance party and included 113 participants. The 5K race had three categories, Male, Female, and Rookie. All first place winners in those three categories received glow in the dark trophies.
Male 5K category winners were: 1st Place: Adam Usie 9 year old from Breaux Bridge, LA; 2nd Place: Michael Sonnier, Breaux Bridge, LA; 3rd Place: Jace Knott, Cecilia, LA. Female 5K category winners were: 1st Place: Janet Douet, St. Martinville, LA; 2nd Place: Mitra Trahan, Breaux Bridge, LA; and 3rd Place: Dolly Calais, Breaux Bridge, LA. Rookie 5K category winners were: 1st Place: Haley Newsome, Breaux Bridge, LA; 2nd Place: Kayne Frederick, St. Martinville, LA; and 3rd Place: Ethan Meche, Breaux Bridge, LA. The winning team of six was the Gleaux Worms with an average time of 39:49 minutes. Team members were Selena Frederick, Shawne Taylor, Dolly Calais, Susana Pellerin, Michelle Broussard, and Jennifer Latiolais. All 113 participants finished the race in less than one hour.
The event ended with physical fitness challenges, brightest costume contest, door prizes, and announcement of awards. The senior jump rope contest winners were first place Jamey Allemond with 83 jumps in a minute. In the junior jump rope contest Bella Calais placed first with 85 jumps in a minute. The senior jumping jacks senior winner was Dainell Phillips with 101 jumping jacks in a minute. Nyla Davis did 94 jumping jacks earning her first place youth participant. The adult push up contest winner was Ian Callais with 45 push-ups in a minute. Kasey Brown won the youth push-up contest with 50 in a minute. The Brightest Gleaux contest had two first place winners, James Haddox and Madonna Talley.
Event coordinators hope to continue the race and make it an annual event. The race was sponsored by Angelle Architects; Cleco; Country Place Vet Clinic; Delhomme Animal Clinic; Farmers-Merchant Bank; Pellerin Funeral Homes; St. Martin Parish Farm Bureau; Sheriff Ronald Theriot; Slemco; State Representative Mike Huval; Sure Fit Health Club; Fit4tHeFuture Grant; and Tractor Supply.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the St. Martin Parish 4-H healthy living program.
For pictures of the event please visit the St. Martin Parish 4-H Facebook page. If you are interested in learning more about the St. Martin Parish 4-H parish program, please visit our website at www.lsuagcenter.com/stmartin; our Facebook Page: St. Martin 4-H; or give us a call at 337-332-2181.