Our Lady of Mercy School hosts 5K and Kids Dash

Potomac, Md. — While schools wind down for the summer and students are getting ready to travel for their vacation, Our Lady of Mercy School in Potoma, ends on a fast note. 

On June 3, 215 people participated in The Mercy 5K and Kids Dash to raise money for the school that would go toward scholarships for students. 

“It’s a fundraiser, the reason we started one was to integrate the community,” said Jennifer Palmiere. 

Palmiere is the marketing and development director at Our Lady of Mercy. She served as the event coordinator for this year’s Mercy 5K And Kids Dash. 

Participants from all ages ranging from 5 to 83 ran a course around the Potomac area. 

Aside from the race there was a dog parade, face painting, music and food. 

The race has multiple categories: Adult male, adult female, 14 and under category. 

Pre-K and after school teacher Maria Chavez won the 5K in her category. 

“I think it went well, I didn’t expect to win. I had a late start,” Chavez said. 

Chavez won in her category in 24:31. About 175 adults participated in the 5K.