Reunited And it Feels So Good!
It was obvious participants in the 2022 SimplyIOA Corporate 5k presented by Key HR were glad to be back to some much-needed togetherness. On Thursday, April 21st in downtown Orlando a collective cheer could be heard from 7,300 athletes representing 336 local corporations and non-profits, many who’ve spent the last two years working apart. At last, we could run and walk together and provide food assistance for local families, friends, and co-workers. Together participants contributed almost 115,000 meals to Second Harvest Food Bank!
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings welcomed and thanked the athletes for stepping out with their co-workers. Mayor Demings, on Team Orange County Government, finished the 3.1 miles in 59:32! Overall mens’ champion, Joe Farrand, a music teacher from Spring Lake Elementary lead the race from start to finish. He finished the race on a high note, running the 5k in 15:21 for a repeat victory. Joe was the men’s champion in 2017. Annabella Tomasic, 11, who joined her mother Brikenna Tomasic on Team OUC, won the women’s division in a time of 18:05. Overall CEO honors went to Sheriff John Mina of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office running 22:22 and to Jill Traver of In Motion Physical Therapy running 22:42. This is another victory for Jill who won the CEO Women’s division in 2019.
“It’s always thrilling to gaze down Central Blvd and Eola Drive and see thousands of runners and walkers at the start of Orlando’s Largest Outdoor Office Party,” says Betsy Hughes, co-owner of Track Shack.