Ducks Unlimited sponsors ‘Duck Dash’ 5K

Lauren Owens & Brandon Rybak, Staff Writers

The FMU chapter of Ducks Unlimited held the rst Duck Dash 5K race to raise money for their chapter, which helps with wildlife conservation in the Pee Dee region.

The race started at 9 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 14. Runners checked in and began the race by the University Center (UC) lawn.

Runners received of cial Duck Dash t-shirts, and there were additional awards for the winners of the race around FMU’s campus.

There were four age groups for both female and male participants. A total of 13 runners participated in the Duck Dash 5K.

The male and female winners in each of the four age groups received medals, and the overall winners got special recognition for being rst of their gender to nish the race.

Benjamin Bigelow, freshman FMU student, won rst place for the overall top men’s spot finishing the race in 19 minutes and 32 seconds and beating five other male runners.

Samantha Kirkhart won rst place for the overall women’s spot nishing the race in 25 minutes and 43 seconds beating seven other contestants.

Runners began the race near the Smith University Center, ran past the Richardson Center for the Child, around the Planetarium and back to the University Center. Runners ran variations of that course three times to reach the 5K.

According to Andrea Hoffman, president of the FMU Ducks Unlimited chapter, proceeds from the Duck Dash 5k will go to organization activities and wild life conservation activities in the area.

The Ducks Unlimited chapter of FMU focuses on wildlife conservation with a concentration on waterfowl in the area. The student chapter is open to any student interested in hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation.

According to the Ducks Unlimited website, the national Ducks Unlimited organization was founded to help conserve wetlands during the Dustbowl in 1937. The organization currently has approximately 597,000 members. They offer hunting and fishing advice on their website, as well as how to donate and become a member of the national Ducks Unlimited organization.

For more information on the FMU chapter of the Ducks Unlimited visit their Facebook page at FMU Ducks Unlimited.