4th Annual KISD Employee 5K

A runner raises his arms in celebration as he crosses the finish line
By: Samantha Seidel
A cool morning, and the sounds of music filled the air as over 1,000 Killeen ISD employees and their family members prepped for a run.

Central Texas College once again provided the hilly backdrop for the route. Runners stretched and danced as KISD’s FM 95.1 Radio provided the warm-up tunes.
The KISD Employee 5K is kicks off a series of wellness events that make up the Superintendent’s Cup. The crowd warms up to the sounds of music.
The competitive Superintendent’s Cup Challenge continues through the school year, as campuses compete for the top spot, and the traveling Sup’s Cup that goes to the winning campus for a year.
Fifth-grade Hay Branch Elementary teacher Frantz Gourgue has seen the positive impact of physical fitness on the KISD community.
“I started the fitness program at the campus to help release some physical and mental stress,” he said. “This is my first 5K with the district. I used to run 10 miles in the military, but I think I am going to walk today.
“This really boosts morale. I am so excited to be here.” Feeling inspired with all the other runners, Gourge ended up running and not walking the 5K.
Jeanya Anglin, from Brookhaven Elementary School sang the national anthem and Superintendent John Craft welcomed the crowd and thanked the sponsors.

"Welcome to this year's annual employee 5K," he stated. "This is a great way to start the morning.
“I really wanted to thank all of our departments and sponsors. Our very own KISD police, radio, communications department, TV, transportation, athletics, technology department, Army recruiting office and all the volunteers helped made this event possible today.”

                                           Runners take of at the sound of the horn  
About 70 volunteers handed out water, T-shirts and bananas, helping the runners prepare to take on the tough terrain.
With the final laces tied and running bibs attached to shirts, the crowd was ready. With the sound of the horn, the mass of runners and walkers took off.
Within 20 minutes, Richard Littlefield was first runner back with a time of 18:52:5.

Runners and walkers cross over the start link of the 5K.Over the course of the next hour, runners and walkers continued to make their way to the finish line, with volunteers and other runners continuing to cheer them on.
“I enjoy seeing people excited to exercise and to see each other, we all come together here,” said KISD Wellness Specialist Nicole Koenen.

“Every year we have more campuses participating, more leadership jumping in to challenge their campus and department. The competitive spirit keeps growing.”
An award ceremony celebrated the top three male and female finishers in various age categories, and the campus and department that had the most participants received trophies.
“Good health equals a happy workforce,” said Craft. “It’s a beautiful morning to enjoy some physical fitness together. I have noticed how our staff really looks forward to this every year.” Dr. Craft poses with Richard Littlefield, the first place finisher of the 5K.

Other wellness events tied to the Superintendent’s Cup include:  
Employee Kickball Tournament- TBA
Employee Bowling tournament- TBA
Wear Red Day-February 21st
Million Mile Month- full month of April