El Buen Camino 5K and Walk
Thank you for supporting El Buen Camino 2015!
We appreciate the over 200 participants and over 30 volunteers who made El Buen Camino 2015 a success! This year you all helped us run faster, and build support for our two organizations in a great way, while expanding our community - thank you!
El Buen Camino began in 2013 with over 200 participants and in 2014 we saw the addition of a 1-mile walk. In the past, our race has been set for the first Saturday of April, but in 2015 that date coincided with Easter, so at the request of the El Buen Pastor families we are hosting a family-friendly summer evening event on
Friday, June 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm.
Timing was provided by Twin City Track Club and results are on their page. Congratulations to all the age-group winners and our "first 5K participants"!
Race Day Information
An information table and packet pick-up were available at the loop in front of Scales Fine Arts Center on Wake Forest's Campus from 5:30-6:30pm.
Our race is an open course, which means there may be some traffic. The course goes out and back, and you can click here for a course map. Please help us be mindful of children and wear bright colored clothes! There will be volunteers at all major turns and intersections. The course closed at 8:15pm and
Our packet pick-up (shirts, bibs, and goodie bags!) was Thursday, June 11 from 5:00-8:00pm and Friday, June 12 from 9:00am-12:00pm at El Buen Pastor (4637 Tim Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106).
We could not do this race without an outstanding volunteer race committee, and folks who helped make prizes, recruit other runners, and make things happen the day of the race. We appreciate all your help, and hope to see you soon!
Community Training Opportunities
Many of our participants will be first time runners and we welcome other beginners to join us. El Buen Camino is a safe place for all levels of athletes and we will recognize first time runners after the race.
Our 2015 Race Director is Ashley Crowder and you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also keep up with new details on the El Buen Camino 2015 Facebook event page!
Brenner Fit Program
Brynn's Frozen Yogurt
First Presbyterian Church - Winston-Salem
Krispy Kreme and Mr. and Mrs. Will and Brooke Cash
Lucia Chiropractic - Dr. George Lucia
Meg and Tim Brown
William G. White Family YMCA
Dr. George Lucia and Lucia Chiropractic Clinic are sponsoring our music and pre-race warm-up
Food Lion donated our reusable race packet bags and gift cards for winners
Bagel Station is providing bagels for participants
Brynn's Frozen Yogurt will provide yogurt for participants and gift cards for winners
Compare Foods is provided fruit for participants
BB&T provided bottled water for participants
2013 Details and Publicity
Thank you to everyone- sponsor, volunteers, runners, participants, and donors- who made the 1st El Buen Camino 5K such a success! Over 230 participants registered and over 200 participated in 2013. We were thrilled with your support and the different groups from the area who came together to build relationships with our community. We hope you enjoyed yourself and learned firsthand how running bridges language barriers and builds lasting friendships. See you next year!
From the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center newsletter, April 2013
When Veronica and Jennifer Rojo crossed the finish line of the inaugural El Buen Camino 5K race on April 6, it was hand in hand.
That’s fitting because it was Veronica, Jennifer’s mother, who three years ago pushed her daughter to join the Girls on the Run program of El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services. The agency is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit partner of El Buen Pastor Presbyterian Church on Tim Road in Winston-Salem.
The Rojos were thrilled to be part of the El Buen Camino 5K, which was sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health. Jennifer, 11, spoke for herself and translated for her mother to explain why. She smiled when asked how much she likes the non-competitive running program Girls on the Run.
“It’s not exactly my favorite thing to do,” she says, sheepishly. But she joined at her mom’s urging. “She wanted me to get some exercise.”
And it has helped with mother-daughter bonding; the two run together on Thursdays with Girls on the Run, and both also run a second day. They do 3-mile loops around El Buen Pastor.
On a sun-splashed Saturday at Wake Forest University, the Rojos were joined by a couple of dozen other Girls on the Run and family members, part of a diverse group of close to 250 runners overall, novices and veterans alike.
“Running just builds community and builds bridges between different groups of people,” says Jen Henson, race director for the El Buen Camino run.
She says once the idea hatched a year ago to expand the concept of Girls on the Run into creating a competitive 5K, it grew from just having a race “to the idea of a whole wellness initiative.” At a kickoff event to promote the race, 150 people turned out for health assessments such as having their blood pressure or glucose checked. Many people went into training for the race.
“The 5K turned into a great collaborative thing for people to become involved," says Henson, who considers herself “a good solid jogger,” as opposed to a runner. She first decided to volunteer with the Girls on the Run program through the Junior League of Winston-Salem. She sees running as a great way to link health and community, especially with the Latino population.
For many Latinos, “running was not on the radar before. Now not only are they talking about running, but they’re talking about how to make food healthier, how to cook what they normally cook in a healthier way.”
The El Buen Camino run, expected to become an annual event, also provides volunteering opportunities for Wake Forest University and Wake Forest School of Medicine students. Coincidentally, this year’s April 6 race date was also Pro Humanitate Day, which means “for humanity” and is the university’s motto.
Norma-May Isakow was an early organizer of El Buen Camino and is associate director of Wake Forest’s Institute for Public Engagement. She credits Gary Gunderson, vice president of faith and health ministries at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, with helping to expand the overall message of the event.
“He just feels that the way to extend health awareness is through community and to make links between the hospital and the community through community organizations such as El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services,” she says. “I’m totally with him on that.”
“This is a community that a lot of people don’t seem aware of, so the race strengthens the connection that makes the people of the El Buen community feel more a part of the greater Winston-Salem community,” she says. “I’m very excited about creating a greater bond between everyone in Winston-Salem and opening the opportunity for connection.”