After setting a new course record in 2017, Oein Josiah is looking forward to defending his title when The Villages at Coverley hosts its annual 5K Run/Walk this Sunday. This will be his fourth time participating in the event.
Josiah said he began to compete in The Villages at Coverley 5K Run/Walk back in 2015, and this was primarily because the proceeds from the event go towards a local charity.
“In 2015 I finished 2nd behind a good running partner and friend Jerome Blackett and I returned the year after in 2016, where I was able to win. In 2017 I successfully defended my title. In general, the event is great. It is away from the roadways and away from any combustion. You don’t need to be competing with athletes and vehicles and drivers who may not be looking for others, so that’s a very good thing about the event. The course itself presents a challenge with a small elevation throughout the 5K distance and multiple 90-degree turns, which make the race more interesting and very competitive for the competitors. It’s a good event, I enjoy doing it and I’m looking forward putting my best foot forward and see what result I will reap,” he said.
This year, the proceeds from The Villages at Coverley 5K Run/Walk will go to assist the Sterling Children’s Home and administrative assistant at The Villages, Tracia Mascoll, said the home was chosen largely because it catered to older teens.
“At Sterling Children’s Home there are transitional homes where the children will stay for a year before exiting the system. They basically take one year to adjust from being taken care of to taking care of themselves and at times the demand for these homes surpasses the supply in terms of the ability to operate them. Therefore, we at The Villages would like to assist the Home in any way possible, especially as it relates to working with these older teens.”
Mascoll said that the 5K would begin at 6 a.m. with the runners followed shortly by the walkers. She noted that the route was confined within The Villages at Coverley, providing a relaxed, safe and fun environment.
“Following the race, we will have our breakfast social in our town square which includes a cool down exercise routine led by a personal trainer from our gym Club Fitness, DJ music, sponsored booths and a full breakfast menu from Fresh Market Grocery,” she said.
Persons can register online via The Villages Facebook page or in person at Coverley’s property management office.