KS_5KKeystone Job Corps Center’s Running Club made great strides at its inaugural competition in the Lehigh Valley Health Network Hazleton Health and Wellness Center 5K Run.

Student Zaquahn Ingram-Bryant blew past 180 runners to claim 2nd Place in the run’s 20-29 male age group. Counselor Julia Raudenbush scored similarly in the female group. Ms. Raudenbush has been training club members since April 12, when she initiated the club.

Though this was the club’s first real outing, the race location as Hazleton Township Community Park was very similar to the course where the club has trained on Center.

Fellow student and club member Nathaniel Figueroa also competed well but missed out on a medal. Nathaniel received an even better reward that week — a Keystone ring for obtaining a full time Job Training Match with the U.S. Army! Nathaniel will be making $12.50 an hour as an Intelligence Analyst once he completes his basic training. He departs on July 29. Hopefully, he can get a few more runs under his belt until then.

Ms. Raudenbush said running teaches students how to overcome challenges and strengthens their ability to focus. Now, the club is focused on preparing for the next challenge and improving their times.