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Ravens in the Hood 5K Raises $75K for American Cancer Society
Ravens in the Hood 5K Raises $75K for American Cancer Society

Ravenscroft's Ravens in the Hood team hosted their sixth annual Running Over Cancer 5K at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Forty-four Ravenscroft students, faculty, staff and families braved the rainy and chilly afternoon in support of the American Cancer Society. In all, 387 runners (out of 613 pre-registered participants) competed, raising more than $75,000.

David Gring '21, a member of Ravenscroft's wrestling and lacrosse teams, was the fastest Ravenscroft runner, with a time of 21:18.

"I've been involved in fundraising for St. Baldrick's for several years, so I ran the race to support the Hood to Coast team and the fight against cancer," David said of his participation in the 5K. "I was happy to help out with the cause. It was pretty cold outside, so I just tried to finish it as fast as I could."

Among faculty and staff, Upper School Latin and Greek teacher Jonathan Avery won third place in his age group. Other Ravenscroft top finishers by age group included:

  • Female, ages 0-14: Remi Weiman '21, third place
  • Female, ages 15-19: Caitlyn Hankins '21, first place; Ella Rockwell '19, third place
  • Male, ages 15-19: David Gring '21, first place; Jackson Buttler '20, second place; Connor Margraf '19, third place

The fastest time overall was set by 44-year-old Daniel Hill of Raleigh, who is not affiliated with Ravenscroft.

In addition to the 5K, the event included a raffle, prizes and a food truck. Students earned three hours of community service for running. The freshmen had the highest level of class participation, earning a dress down day.

This year's Ravens in the Hood team (pictured above) comprises Ben Kerner '20, Justin Thompson '20, Elise Playe '20, Brooke Baker '20, Davis Macnabb '19, Jack Barnes '19, Ella Rockwell '19, Mia Russo '19 and captains Jake Schneider '19, Caroline Schmalz '19, Courtney Rea '19 and Mac Nelson '19.

"I am thrilled to have seen so many people turnout for the event. Despite the poor weather, over 300 people still lined up to run the race," said Mac Nelson. "Last year [the Ravens in the Hood team] raised over $84,000, and this year we hope to break $90,000, maybe even $100,000. Being a part of this means so much to me and my teammates, and we are excited to help so many people through the American Cancer Society, who has also been a key contributor to our success."

Now in its 10th year at Ravenscroft, Ravens in the Hood has raised more than $500,000 toward the fight against cancer. Each August, the outgoing team participates in the grueling 200-mile Hood to Coast Relay in Oregon to raise money for Providence Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society.

Below, Ravenscroft students and members of the community at the 5K.