As the nation’s second largest state, located on the pacific coast, California is home to the iconic Yosemite National Park, Big Sur and Sequoia National Forest, as well as dozens of other, smaller parks. Within these protected areas of land are countless different types of plants and animals. The people who work to enforce the rules and regulations surrounding the parks are employed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

While these many of these individuals have some level of physical activity structured into their daily responsibilities, there is no limit to the awareness people can maintain regarding the proper amount of exercise and fitness. Earlier this week, some of these future game wardens received local support in the form of a 5k fundraiser, as well as a reminder of the importance of lifelong fitness habits, according to an article from the Oroville Mercury-Register.

Story author Matthew Miranda covered the event, writing:

The Butte College Fish and Wildlife Academy hosted its 5K Salmon Run Sunday to raise proceeds for graduation and advocate for life-long physical health. 

“The idea is to instill a lifetime fitness mentality so we get people off the couch and outside running,” said Jason Green, academy coordinator. “It helps promote lifetime fitness for them which will let them have a long and successful career versus having a heart attack.”

The Butte College Fish and Wildlife Academy, one of the college’s law enforcement programs, trains students to become game wardens for the state. Cadets are taught to enforce hunting and fishing regulations, promote outdoor activities, protect natural resources, handle firearms and identify species. …

The 5K Salmon run is one of many events the academy hosts throughout the year to raise money for the cadets’ graduation in August.

Jason Demianew, a cadet in the academy and the first person to complete the 5K run, was pleased with the day’s turnout. 

“We’re all excited,” Demianew said. “Everyone did well. Everyone is in good spirits and we’re looking forward to the food.”

After finishing the run, participants were treated to a pancake breakfast and invited to play Frisbee or take a swim at Sycamore Pool.

Exercise is often a strenuous task, one that can feel similar to swimming upstream, so the title of Salmon Run seems fitting for this 5k, even if participants enjoyed pancakes after their workout.

To read Miranda’s full writeup, click here.