SAN JOSE, Calif. -- To support the San Jose State University Athletic Training staff, the men and women's cross country teams both hit the ground running in the second annual Spartan 5K on May 7 at the SJSU campus.
The San Jose State Athletic Training Staff hosted the event to help raise funds for a learning trip this summer to the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.
"We are very happy to have the support of the cross country programs and everyone else who participated in the event," said SJSU Athletics director of sports medicine Scott Shaw. "We have produced a large number of certified athletic trainers in recent years and attending the NATA convention will certainly enhance our education."
Over 100 participants and some 30 volunteers joined the cross country teams in participation at the Spartan 5K.
"When we are running 50 to 60 miles per week, these trainers have their hands full when dealing with us," said junior women's cross country runner Victoria Smith. "This was a fabulous opportunity for our team to come out and bond as well as help out the people who take care of us during the year."
The 5K course consisted of two laps wrapping around the Fourth Street Garage and MLK Library and then ducking onto the campus around the Student Union and ultimately ending at the fountain in front of the Event Center.
"It was a no-brainer for our teams to support the athletic training staff at this event," said Spartans' head cross country coach Augie Argabright. "Cross country is actually a very injury prone sport because of the intense training, but because of the staff here our athletes are always healthy and ready to compete at their best level."
A portion of the proceeds from the event hosted by Shaw's staff was donated to RE-PLAY, a non-profit organization that recycles and redistributes sporting equipment to the youth.
"We had a great turnout at the event from both our student-athletes and the community," Shaw said. "We are looking forward to continuing our education this summer so we can give the highest level of treatment to our athletes."