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The Faithful Volunteers of South High and Their 10K

If you’ve run a Prairie Fire event, chances are you’ve been served water or Gatorade by some student volunteers from the South High School Track or Cross Country teams. The student athletes and their sponsors have been diligent in supporting our races. We’d like to return the favor and help support them for a change.

Next weekend, South High is hosting the Titan 10K and the Quick One Mile. The events all go towards supporting the track and cross country teams. There aren’t very many chances to test yourself at the 10K distance in Wichita, and the Titan 1oK promises a fast course.

We caught up with Race Director and Cross Country Coach, Betsey Goering to learn more about this great event.

South XC at State

South XC at State

1. How many years has South been volunteering at PFM? Is it just track or both cross country and track teams? 

South High has provided volunteers at every Prairie Fire race since its inaugural year. Students involved in cross country, track & field and our AVID program have volunteered their time over the years.

South High Volunteers 2014 Spring Half

South High Volunteers 2014 Spring Half

2. Why do your teams see value in supporting our event?

As coaches, we love for our athletes to see that running is a life-long sport and that people of all ages, shapes, and sizes run – for fun! Seeing elite athletes race helps the kids put their own speed in perspective and inspires them to keep working hard. We love for them to serve others and to see different parts of the community that they might not be familiar with. The kids love to be with each other and love free food & shirts!

South High Volunteers at PFM Fall 2013

South High Volunteers at PFM Fall 2013

 

3. How did the Titan 10K come about?

The Titan 10K started with a conversation I had with my athletic director after my first season coaching cross country. Cross country funds were very limited that first year. We talked about the possibility of hosting a cross country meet or a road race. As overwhelmed as I was at the time, a race during the summer seemed feasible. After a conversation with Clark Ensz in January of 2012, we were on our way!

Titan 10K Starting Line 2012

Titan 10K Starting Line 2012

 

4. What can you say about the namesake of the Quick One Mile? 

The One Mile Quick Run/Walk honors Jim Quick who taught Social Studies at South for 20 years. He was forced to retire in 2012 because of his cancer diagnosis. His cancer has spread, but he continues to fight. He has always supported athletics at South with his time, money and energy. His kind and gentle demeanor has had a lasting impact on students and staff alike.

 

5. What makes your 10K so great?

Titan 10K is one-of-a-kind for several reasons. It’s a very fast and flat course, with wide open stretches for the first 2 ½ miles. Many races in Wichita are held near the Big Arkansas River, but this is the only one on the part of the river that gives you spectacular views of the historic John Mack bridge, Herman Hill Park, and Watson Parks. Both races have any Olympic-style finish around the track inside Carpenter Stadium.

 

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