More than 170 runners, walkers, volunteers and sponsors joined the fight to end hunger in Malawi at the second annual Educate Girls Superhero 5K with 1K Fun Run at Urbana District Park on Saturday, Nov. 9. The event is the flagship annual fundraiser for Educate Girls to Eradicate Hunger, a local nonprofit founded by Urbana High School senior Carolyn Pascal in 2018 when she was 15 years old.
“The devastating facts are that girls in developing countries who do not attend secondary school are more likely to contract HIV, fall victim to human trafficking and child marriage, and have more children than they can afford to feed,” Pascal explained.
Pascal wants to be a civil rights attorney, and she has charged herself with educating 100 girls by the time she completes high school, college and law school.
Dedicated volunteers, including those from Urbana High School’s Interact Club, Women’s Empowerment Club and several national honor societies, helped the event to run smoothly on race day. These student volunteers performed duties ranging from painting the faces of the little superheroes to guiding runners as course marshals to assisting with packet pickup and distributing finisher medals and awards. Community leaders pitched in to lead the course marshals, lead registration, and emcee the event.
After a brilliant performance of the national anthem sung by Aveline Murphy and Vera Jang and led by Carrie Silver, the Frederick Children’s Chorus Little Music Makers coordinator, the superheroes took off on the 5K race.
Male 5K winners were Matthew Richardson (first place), David Richardson (second place) and Matthew Lockhart (third place). Female 5K winners were Rachel Cuesta (first place), Val Indye (second place) and Cortney Eyler (third place).
Business sponsors included Orangetheory Fitness of Frederick, Insurance First, Inc., Urbana Family Dental Care, Gold’s Gym, Pivot Physical Therapy, Club Pilates South Frederick, and Manhattan Pizza Urbana.
Special thanks to Lt. Yingling and the Urbana Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company for supporting the event and keeping everyone safe. To see photos of the race, please visit EducateGirlsToEradicateHunger.org/5k-race.