by fredwardwilhelm

The community is racin’ around Mason in preparation for the upcoming cross country season.

On July 30, the boys and girls of Mason Cross Country ran with the rest of the community in the annual Racin’ in Mason 5K at Pine Hill park to prepare for the season and raise funds for the team. The race was organized by Mason Running boosters to help fundraise for the boys and girls team. According to the boys cross country head coach, Tom Rapp, the money raised from this event will help pay for many aspects of the team.

“It helps us buy equipment that we need, T-shirts and extra amenities to add flair to the team,” Rapp said. “Without the funding it would be very difficult.”

The overall race was won by Junior Abel Nijakowski who clocked in a time of 17:11. Nijakowski represented Mason as a varsity runner last year and said he has a passion for running.

“It was fun,” Nijakowski said. “It was what I wanted to do, so I went out and did it. I did my best and got what I wanted. I love running and I love racing.”

According to Nijakowski the race would set standards for the start of the season and he hopes to use this as his victory to jump into the official season starting on Monday.

“I think it’s a good starting time and a good position to be in for the start of the season,” Nijakowski said.

Aside from raising funds for the program, Rapp said the race also gives the runners an opportunity to see the larger community of running outside of Mason Cross Country.

“It’s really a fun time for runners to mix with the community,” Rapp said. “Running is bigger than just high school cross country.”