By Wanda Winkler
Celebrate CSUB’s annual 5K Run/Walk was held on April 27, drawing an impressive crowd from the community. Alumni, athletes and students gathered together to celebrate the academic, athletic and artistic culture blooming today at CSUB.
The festival featured numerous activities from various sources. Attractions ranged from “Kids for Solar Energy”, who baked cookies, to entertainment from the largely popular CSUB Singers. There was a booth for enrollment management and a booth for F.A.C.T., the Facility for Animal Care and Treatment. Last year, there were a total of 59 booths for participants of the 5K to engage in.
The CSUB Singers, a vocal choir group founded at CSUB in 1988, is an eclectic collection of gospel, folk, opera and jazz singers comprised of musically inclined CSUB students.
“This year, the CSUB Singers will be traveling to Washington, D.C. and will be performing with other colleges, universities, high schools and community choirs to honor our veterans on Memorial Day weekend,” said Fernando Miranda, a 23-year-old CSUB communications major.
While there was plenty of entertainment for teens and adults, younger patrons were indulged as well. CSUB’s Sensational Sophomores hosted a face painting boutique for the children who attended and collected donations for the Children’s Miracle Network. The Sensational Sophomores pledged that all donations received will stay within Kern County.
The main event, the 5K run, was participated in by dozens of people from all over Bakersfield. While many individuals vied for first place, CSUB’s Juan Calderon left them all in the dust. Calderon, a 21-year-old engineering major, finished the race in 16 minutes and 30 seconds. Second place was awarded to Steve Dirkse, the son of CSUB’s Professor John Dirkse, who completed the race in 17 minutes and 50 seconds.
“My advisor, Isabel Sumaya, told me about the 5K Fun Run and I wanted to enter because it provides an opportunity to get involved in something healthy,” said Dana Marshall, a 30-year-old CSUB senior and psychology major. “I think it will help to contribute to the wellness in my community.”
Marshall has participated in several marathons, but this run was special to her. “I ran my best time ever in this 5K, 28 minutes and 13 seconds,” said Marshall.