Columbia College hosted its first Homecoming 5K

Monday, October 7, 2013 | 6:17 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Tim Cornell was not singing in the rain Saturday morning. If anything, the rain was a bit of a damper for the first Homecoming 5K that the Columbia College cross country team hosted.

Cornell, the Columbia College cross country coach, said about 100 people registered for the race and though the weather had its impact, approximately half still showed up to race. 

"We got there. The weather just didn't cooperate with us," Cornell said. "I was really proud of the Columbia College community getting out. It was a really fun crowd to be around." 

Members of the Columbia College men's and women's golf team, a Columbia College athletics trainer, parents of members of the cross country team, teachers, students, and Columbia community members participated in the race. Cornell said he thinks the race is a good addition to the events scheduled for Homecoming. 

"I think it is a good kickoff," Cornell said. "The more years we do it, the bigger it's going to get, and hopefully, we will be able to add some layers as the race grows and make it an integral part of the Homecoming day." 

Cornell, who organized the race, said that although none of his athletes ran the race, it was an opportunity to show off his team. 

"We have great kids on the cross country team," Cornell said. "They were up at 6:30 this morning standing in the rain, fending off traffic. That just shows the quality of people we have."

Members of the cross country team were stationed throughout the course to help runners keep on the course and direct traffic. Cornell looks at this event as a way the team can contribute to the school. 

"We love giving back to the Columbia College community because they have given us so much," Cornell said. "We feel a debt of gratitude to Columbia College, to the professors, to the people who make what we do on the athletic field possible."

Supervising editor is Erik Hall.

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