Asher Delmott, senior psychology major, took first place in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Club’s second annual Trail Racing Series 5 kilometer walk/run over the weekend.
“I’m a runner so I just wanted to get out here and get a hard workout in and race some people around here,” Delmott said.
Delmott said that this was his first trail race, but he enjoyed running in it and would like to do it again next year.
The event was held at Camp Alexander and featured two bike races in addition to the walk/run. The walk/run started at 8:30 a.m. and was followed by the bike races. The first beginner race featured a 10 kilometer ride and the second advanced race was 20 kilometers. Registration for the walk/run was $20 and $25 for the bike race.
Trey Brokaw, senior psychology major, said the money raised at the event would be split between Camp Alexander and the HPER Club.
Brokaw also said Camp Alexander will use the money for the youth programs held during the summer, and HPER club will use the funds they raised to send members to both state and national conventions.
Biker and owner of High Gear Bike Shop in Emporia, Matt Brown, participated in the advanced bike race with his team. Brown said that his team decided to participate in order to help out Camp Alexander and the HPER club.
“Just to support two good groups,” Brown said.
Brown said that he and his group plan to participate in the trail race next year. The group takes part in many bike races around Kansas as well as other states such as Texas and Arkansas.
“It was great,” Brown said. “I’m glad they put it on.”
Brokaw said that last year’s trail race only had the 5K walk/run and that this year they decided to expand the event with the bike races. Brokaw said that the club plans to continue this event in the future.
They had about 50 runners signed up and between 15 and 20 bikers.
“That’s a pretty good turnout. We’re hoping to have a better turnout next year,” Brokaw said.