Getting weekend off to running start
Organized by junior ROTC students at Concordia Lutheran High School, hundreds of runners and walkers began Memorial Day weekend by taking to the streets Saturday for the annual A.J. Arnett 5K Honor Run.
When all was said and done, the event raised $10,000, which will be donated to Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana and Shepherd’s House.
The event is named for Army Spc. A.J. Arnett, a 2004 Concordia graduate. Arnett, an Army veteran, was wounded in July 2005 while on patrol in Baghdad. Despite being told he would never run again, Arnett now runs multiple long-distance events.
The run has been happening about five years, said Maj. John Sheaffer, senior army instructor for Concordia Lutheran High School. The students, Sheaffer said, organize and execute the entire event, which averages 350 to 500 runners.
“We learned leadership ability, we learned how to actually set up an event, which I think differs from a lot of different schools,” Concordia junior ROTC student Camden Wagner said. “We learned what actually might work, we learned how to figure out ideas and we learned how to work together as a team.”
Wagner, along with fellow junior ROTC students Lucas Rosbrugh and Jacob Potter, said this year’s race was their best yet.
“I’ve been here three years and this year might be exceptional,” Rosbrugh said, noting that the team extended the music and added food trucks and a small selection of classic cars for viewing.
“I for one have been loving the sno-cones,” Rosbrugh said, chuckling.
The race keeps growing every year, Wagner said, as he encouraged the community to come out next year and participate.