Texas FFA members and guests gathered at the Fort Worth Stock Yards to participate in the Texas FFA Foundation Fun Run and 5K early Monday, July 14.
Bosqueville FFA participated in the fun run as a group experience and to get their spirits up for the week’s upcoming events.
Charles Prause, Bosqueville advisor, said that he brought 13 members with him to convention. He said that it was their way to show support to the foundation.
“I told them that we were going to run the 5k,” Prause said. “My students said, ‘ok but we are walking’.”
Bosqueville FFA member, Alex Hankhouse, ran the 5k and encouraged those who were struggling to finish. By cheering on fellow runners and walkers, Hankhouse said it made it a great environment.
“I would recommend this event to future runners,” Hankhouse said.
Ray Pieniazek, East Central FFA advisor, had a great time participating and said his students thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“When everything was over, my students approached me and said, ‘we are so glad we did this. We had a blast’,” Pieniazek said.
Both chapters favorite part was the supportive environment that surrounded everyone running. It helped keep their spirits high and encouraged them to encourage other participants.
“As runners were lapping me, I was high fiving people and telling them to keep going strong,” Pieniazek said.
Not only did they support other runners, they also supported their own chapter members that had fallen to the back of the pack.
“One of the best feelings was as I was crossing the finish line, I could hear the young men from my chapter, cheering me on for a strong finish,” Prause said.
The fun run gave everyone a chance to be a part of something bigger than themselves. It created a chance for not only FFA members, but also community members to feel the spirit of the blue and gold.
The purpose of the fun run was to raise money for the Texas FFA Foundation and ran by numerous members and the general public to show support.