2017 DECA ICDC 5K Run/Walk Benefits More Than Just DECA

Rise and shine! Outside of the Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., it was packed with participants of the 2017 DECA 5K Run/Walk on Wednesday, April 26, kicking off the first event of 2017 DECA International Career Development Conference.

The DECA 5K Run/Walk isn’t a new event for #DECAICDC, nor is the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) unfamiliar with DECA. In fact, DECA has been a great advocate for MDA for over 30 years.

The 5K Run/Walk is one of the largest events that serve the purpose of raising money and awareness for the MDA. According to Michael Mount, Director of Data Management, the event has the highest turnout this year.

“This year there were about 19,100 kids at ICDC and with around 1,100 to 1,200 doing the 5K Run/Walk this morning, which is our largest attendance in history,” Mount said. “[DECA] has promoted MDA since our existence, which is more than 60 years. It gives exposure to the students. They learn about MDA and pass the awareness down over the years.”

From the Miracle Minute to academies, donations allow kids and teenagers with muscular dystrophy go to the MDA summer camp, for them to build confidence, independence, and friendships among one another.
“It is all the fundraising that DECA does around the country throughout the years, not just the 5K, that really support MDA services,” Tracey Gianelli, the National Vice President of the MDA, said. “Fundraising like this really supports services like the summer camps.”

As the runners line up at the starting line, two local MDA ambassadors watched the race on the sidelines of the track.

“These girls who are here at the race with us today are like the local celebrities this year,” Gianelli said. “We do a fundraising program called Shamrocks. The shamrocks are sold in a lot of different retail locations. The girls here today are actually the Shamrockstars this year and their picture was on our shamrock.”

Starting pistol fires, runners and walkers maneuvered around the stadium. With the time of 15:42, Trey Cucuro from Michigan DECA was the first to cross the finish line. He was thrilled about the race.

“The atmosphere was super good,” Cucuro said. “Everyone was having a good time and are super thrilled to be here because it was for a great cause. The greatest challenge for the race today was the last half of the race. Although it was hard and definitely hurt a lot when I was halfway to the finish line, it was a really enjoyable experience.”

Cucuro stressed about the importance of raising awareness for the MDA upon his victory at the race.

“I think just coming out here bringing support and donating for the MDA really helped. It really raised awareness for the MDA just by doing that. Also, people tweeted about it on social media which is a good way to raise awareness for Muscular Dystrophy.”

Thank you to everyone who came out to the DECA 5K and helped make a different for MDA!

This article was written by An@heimLive Social Media Team member, Chun So. Follow Chun on Instagram @samuelsch99.