BRAWLEY – Students from San Diego State’s Calexico campus organized a 5k run/walk in support of their travel club, Aztecs Around the World.
The event, which began at 9 a.m. at Brawley’s Cattle Call Arena, raised funds for the club’s upcoming trip to Milan, Italy.
Eleven students from the Imperial Valley will join five students from SDSU in San Diego to travel to Milan with local English professor Bret Kofford. They will participate in a custom writing program, according to Club President Olivia Silva. Silva is a junior at SDSU. Students will study at UCSD Sacred Heart in Italy, a Catholic university in the area. They will learn advanced writing skills while immersing themselves into a brand new culture.
This is the first trip through the club for all of the students except Silva. Silva revived the club last year with the help of a few fellow students. Last year they raised enough support to study abroad in Spain. This year, they are anticipating studying in Milan.
“I’m excited to travel abroad,” said SDSU sophomore and Aztecs club member Hector Teran. “I’m looking forward to learning about the different culture – eating their food, observing their customs.”
“Mostly the food,” he laughed.
“I’m looking to better my writing,” Teran concluded.
There were over 60 participants in the 5k, and four winners.
The male winner for the 18 and over division was Mark Limon.
The female winner for the 18 and over bracket was Annette Navarro.
Logan Otis came in first for the males 17 and under, and Sabrina Benavides took home first for females age 17 and under.