The Tour de Staples 5K Walk/Run, sponsored by the Staples campus Student Senate of Central Lakes College, has raised $700 for the CLC Veterans Resource Center. Sixty-five runners and walkers participated in the May 7 event held near the Staples campus, where volunteers also received donations for the Staples All-Veterans Park. Ranging in age from 9 to 70-plus, walkers and runners either competed for fast times and prizes or enjoyed a leisurely pace in groups or teams for whom funds had been pledged. Everyone received a T-shirt and refreshments. The top 5-kilometer finishers were (men) 1. Wes DeLong, 18:14; Chris Hanson, 20:47; 3. Mike Cullen, 23:47; and (women) 1. Staci Schultz, 22:30; Carrie Beachy, 23:30; and Jesci Rydbom, 25:29. The event, which will be held again in early May 2012, was created to further substantiate CLC’s ranking as one of 31 military-friendly colleges. The publication G.I. Jobs provided the designation in a 2010 survey of schools doing the most to embrace American’s veterans as students. Tyra Osvold, assistant, and Dan Davidson, veterans representative, were pleased to learn of the donation on behalf of the center. Erich Heppner, director of student life, made the presentation.
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