Homecoming 5k: a small school with a big community

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This year’s homecoming 5k, located in Downtown Melbourne, showed us that even in a small school of less than 5,000 students, Florida Tech’s sense of community and school spirit can still generate an electric atmosphere.

About 500 runners came out at 5 p.m. on Nov. 5 to participate in one of the many homecoming festivities Florida Tech has to offer. Although events occurred all throughout the week, the 5k seemed to be one of the largest hits. Students, faculty and friends cheered from the sidelines as runners sprinted through historical downtown.

“It was a very large event, and it was awesome to see so many people,” said senior Caroline Diekman, a forensic psychology major who participated in the event. “Florida Tech is small enough that even if you haven’t talked to someone or are friends with them, you still recognize them, so it was cool to see so many familiar faces.”

The 5k had a wide variety of people present, with residents from Palm Bay to Satellite Beach. Runners ranged from 12 to 69 years old. The fastest runner, Chris Cacciapaglia, landed first place with a time of 15:52, meaning he had a pace of 5:07.