Runners and walkers take off from Toledo High School on Saturday during the school's first student-organized 5K, held to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Organized by students participating in FBLA, club member Sally Martin said such an event had not been possible without participation from other clubs as well as the Toledo community.
Students at Toledo High School saw around 25 participants sign up for their first 5K race on Saturday to raise awareness for breast cancer, with more such events planned for the near future.
Coordinated by FBLA, the race saw residents from all over the area trekking a winding path through Toledo starting at the high school and reaching as far as Kemp Olson Memorial park and the Boat Launch.
Student organizer Sally Martin said the City of Toledo had been instrumental in helping organize the layout of the race, while students in clubs such as FCCLA, who directed and encouraged participants along the track, and FFA, who prepared breakfast that morning, were central in helping make the event a success.
"I've never done something where all the clubs come together," said Martin of the event, stating it had been her club's ambition to organize such a race after their successes during last year's FBLA competitions at state.
FBLA advisor Aaron Houk said the day turned out to be a "huge success," stating he was very proud to be leading students to willing to reach to their community.
"I just couldn't be more honored to work with such a fantastic group of students," he said.
Proceeds from the race will be used toward educating area students and residents about the dangers of breast cancer and the importance of screenings and various treatment options available.