This is the first year Ashford University has hosted the event, organizer Audra Adams, manager of service learning at Ashford University, said.
“This event was a huge success. It’s all about raising awareness and we had students, community leaders and community members here watching this event and becoming more aware,” Adams said.
The event coincided with the YWCA’s Take Back the Night event, which took place Tuesday night.
Unlike Schupbach, Clinton firefighter Josh Mussmann tired walking in heels before the event.
“I did some practicing at home in my wife’s heels,” Mussmann said. “I wanted to participate because it’s a good thing for the community.”
Despite his practice and nimble pace, Mussmann couldn’t out run fellow competitor Norlan Hinke, Rotary Club president and senior vice president at Clinton National Bank, who took first place in the community leader division.
“It’s a great cause and a fun event,” Hinke said. “It was great to have a little competition, too.”
What Hinke’s competitors didn’t know was that he had a secret weapon that would guarantee his win.
“My trick was, I picked a size smaller than I needed,” Hinke said. “They hurt, but they stayed on.”