The main purpose of the event is to support Haiti. The parishes chose Haiti because it’s the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
Before the race, Father Walsh, the pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish blessed everyone gathered. Most runners/walkers did the run for exercise and to support Haiti. A walker named Nan said this race is special to her because her friend from St. Margaret Mary Parish who works-out with her at the Winter Park Community Center wanted her to walk the race. She also said it is very important to exercise, especially when you’re 72 years old.
After the race they gave out awards to different age groups divided by gender. The groups were 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, and so on until 75+. The 1st place winner per age groups won a $20 Amazon gift card.
The first place male runner overall ran the Pumpkin Run 17 minutes. The first place female runner and 2nd place overall runner ran the race in 19 minutes. This is the 6th time they’ve held this race.
Haiti will be very thankful for all the donations and money raised.
Article written by Caitlyn, student at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School, Orlando