Take Stock In Children of Manatee County is hosting their annual fundrasing race on March 4th - Take Stock 5K/10K/Kid's Run and Mentor Mile. We asked one of our alumni students - Jessica Amaya - about her experience in running the event.

How many years have you ran in the TSIC 5K/10K?

I have participated in the race the past 5 years and volunteered during my high school years. I became a walk-on athlete for USF-Tampa cross country team when I was a sophomore in college and ran for years 2012-2014. My competitive running helped me place in my age group 2 years in the 5K distance.

Why do you run?

It has become a tradition for my family and mentor to participate in this race with me. My youngest sister has ran with Braden River Elementary twice and my dad has walked the race twice. Last years 2017 8th annual race was the most special race to me. My dad was recovering from his carotid endarterectomy performed beginning of February 2017 and the Take Stock race was a month later. My dad was still needing to move around with a walker and couldn’t come for race day to support my goal to place in my age group. To my surprise, my dad was waiting at the corner of Main Street, by the band, before I crossed the finish line!! My legs sprinted faster to that finish line than any race I ever ran - including college! My mentor was also waiting for me at that finish line! I placed 2nd in my age group. But, I also run every year because of the purpose of the race - Raising awareness of TSIC and fundraising for students in Manatee County to receive college scholarships.

TSIC Alumni Jessica with her stepfather
What about you Mentors? Have you volunteered, walked or ran our annual race? Share your experiences with us and we hope to catch you at the finish line next year!
-Jean Steiger, TSICM Blog Editor