Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured, from left, are CCC Fit for Life Director Letha Richards; CCC English Instructor Wanda Lee; CCC English Instructor David Jones; and CCC History Instructor Elizabeth Melton.
CLARKSDALE – They’re the self-proclaimed fittest faculty members on campus, and now they have the medals to prove it.
A group of Coahoma Community College faculty and staff members won big Saturday during Clarksdale’s Juke Joint Festival 5k Walk/Run.
English Instructor David Jones won first in the male ages 50-54 category; CCC Fit For Life Program Director Letha Richards placed 3rd in the 45-49 female category; CCC History Instructor Elizabeth Melton placed 2nd place in 50-54 female category; and CCC English Instructor Wanda Lee placed 3rd in the 50-54 category.
What’s more impressive, they all ran the entire course.
The group, who faithfully teams up on CCC’s “Fit for Life” walking trail at 3:30 p.m. each day, credits the grant, made possible through a partnership with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, for making fitness and health more accessible on campus.
Jones, who serves as a fitness trainer, has participated in about half a dozen Juke Joint races, but says the recent first place win is his best finish.
Lee said while it was not her first time participating in the 5k, it was her first time running the course and placing in the competition.
“It was a great feeling,” she said.
It was also Melton’s first time running and placing.
The victory comes on the heels of Richards and Jones recent wins during Spring Initiative’s 2nd Annual Jump, Hop and Spring 5k with Richards shaving off 3.6 minutes from her last time.
“One of our goals with the Fit for Life project is to get people more active and participating in these 5k events,” said Richards.
The group said they hope to inspire other faculty members to take advantage of the 30-minutes made available to CCC faculty and staff each day to utilize the walking trail.
“We need more participation—we want to make this a contagious thing on campus,” said Lee. “Our goal is to help CCC become the fittest campus in Mississippi and possibly the entire nation.”
With that being said, Richards challenges other departmental groups on campus to become involved.
“We want to invoke a challenge to other faculty and staff members,” she said. “If anyone thinks they can beat us, they can meet us on the trail!”
CCC’s Fit for Life will be offering faculty and staff free healthy smoothies as well as free fruits and vegetables at 11 a.m. in the Addison Building Wednesday and Thursday.
CLICK HERE to learn more about CCC’s Fit for Life Healthy Campus Initiative!