Wednesday, September 24, 2014

5K Warrior Run Austin Office Race

Orion’s second 5K race of the season for the Veteran Low to High Challenge was held on Saturday, September 13th in Austin, TX. The Austin Office’s Veteran Low to High Challenge – 5K Warrior Run had some struggles to contend with, including a weather report of light rain, high winds, and temperatures in the 60’s, and a very saturated market in terms of races, but was still able to pull off a fantastic event.

The office kept a positive attitude and pulled together as a team to raise $3,583.62 for our partner non-profit Veteran organizations, with more donations coming in this week! In all, 178 runners registered for the event!

Some highlights include the Kids K race, which was a fun event for all participants and spectators, organized race teams from sponsors Freescale Semiconductor and Bench Tree, and the recognition of SGT Villarreal, a reminder of why Orion has contributed so much effort to launch the Veteran Low to High Challenge and raise funds for our partner non-profit Veteran organizations.

Perhaps one of the best parts of the race was Orion’s own Emily Castro, who won the 5K overall and absolutely blew everyone out of the water with a time of 19 minutes! Way to go, Emily!

The Austin office and the rest of the Orion team would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the sponsors of the Veteran Low to High Challenge – 5K Warrior Run, including Freescale Semiconductor, McDermott, Bench Tree, Pok-e-Jo’s, CLiF Kid, Alamo Drafthouse, Dunkin Donuts, Embassy Suites – Energy Corridor, H-E-B, Sir Speedy, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Texas, and especially to Boca and Uncle Louie G’s Italian Ices and Ice Cream, who despite poor sales due to the weather, are still planning on sending in a flat donation.

It is our goal to raise $100K+ for our partner Veterans Organizations through the Veteran Low to High Challenge and through 5K Run / Walk Races in each of the cities in which we have an Orion office - Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC; Virginia Beach, VA; and San Diego, CA.

The next 5K race to help support our Veteran non-profit organizations will be held on November 8 in San Diego, CA.

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