Contestants in the Chasing the Dream 5k begin running after the opening shot. Photo by Olivia Goodman and Shayanna Spader

Contestants in the Chasing the Dream 5k begin running after the opening shot. Photo by Olivia Goodman and Shayanna Spader

On a way-hotter-than-sixty-degrees-should-be Saturday, an army of moms, dads, students, teachers, and children crowd to the starting line of the fourth annual Wish Week 5K. The wind flails around wildly while the sun cuts right through it and droplets of sweat leap from the heights of runners’ faces to land shimmering on the hot asphalt. A small girl and boy and their father clamber up a truck parked to the side of the road. Next to them sits a loudspeaker blaring Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, and a myriad of colorful, poppy tunes. A shimmer rustles through the crowd. Slowly, the boy raises the gun into the air and fires.

Though this Saturday offered an opportunity to get in some decent exercise, the focus remained on the family standing on the truck--more specifically the little girl, Isabelle, this year’s Make-a Wish Kid. Diagnosed with cancer, Isabelle’s wish is to spend some time at Disney World with her family and the Wish Week 5K was designed as just one of many events to raise money for the fulfillment of such a wish. Rising to the task, people of all fitness levels came together in support of Isabelle’s family.

Around a few hundred people showed up for this event, one of the first in a huge week of fundraising. Upcoming events include Movie Night, Game Night, the Dodgeball Tournament, and Sky Zone Night.

By Cole Gerome

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