By SALLY WYATT
The citizens of Columbia pulled out their running shoes this past weekend.
There were three 5K races throughout Columbia, one of them was hosted in the Blue Ridge-Oakland neighborhood.
Blue Ridge Elementary held their first Mustang Stampede 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, a new event they plan on making a tradition in years to come, said Michelle Jesse, Blue Ridge’s PTA president.The event was sponsored by the school’s PTA. The funds benefitted the school and Relay for Life.
“The PTA thought it would be a nice idea to do this as a fundraiser,” Jesse said. “Then some of the teachers had the idea to do this as a fundraiser for Relay for Life, so we merged them together.”
Funding for the school will go towards classroom support for Blue Ridge teachers and towards “Mustang Manner” trips that happen every year, Jesse said.
More than 80 people registered for the fun run and 5K that started out on Blue Ridge’s school property. The 5K continued toward the Oakland Pool and on a trail behind the school.
Staff and students alike participated in the event, and more volunteered their time to make it a success.