Campus plans 5K to benefit local resource center

November 09, 2010

A part of Sara Holtzman’s job as assistant coordinator of residence life at Penn State Greater Allegheny is developing programming just for student residents. Tracy Gibbs, fitness coordinator for the campus, also has the task of developing programming, but her focus is fitness. In a meeting recently, they hatched an idea to hold a 5K in March 2011, something they could both get excited about.

The 5K will be open to students, staff and the community. Proceeds from a registration fee, after expenses are covered, will benefit a local resource center, Sonshine Community Ministries in McKeesport, Pa. Sonshine Kitchen was started in 1983 by the members of Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church in McKeesport in response to the collapse of the steel industry. Sonshine serves about 200 families, providing a variety of services including after-school activities, a food pantry, hot meals and support for pregnant teens. Holtzman volunteers weekly at the ministries after-school program. An avid runner, she participated in the Pittsburgh Marathon last year. 

Gibbs knows that fitness works better when there is a goal in mind--something four to six months down the road. The 5K provides an opportunity for participants to get focused. “I will be working individually or with small groups of staff and students who share similar goals for the 5K,” said Gibbs. “Experienced runners will have a workout that is different from people whose goal is to walk the course,” she added. Details for the 5K are being hammered out. Students will have an opportunity to sign up and start training after the winter break.

For details about the race when they become available, contact Sara Holtzman at

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Last Updated November 10, 2010