Human and canine entrants compete at the 2013 See Spot Run 5K. Photo courtesy MTSU News & Media Relations
Dog lovers and running aficionados are gearing up for a rite of spring that gets tongues and tails wagging each year on the MTSU campus.
The ninth annual See Spot Run 5K will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at MTSU’s Peck Hall. The event is an effort to raise funds to build a home for a Rutherford County family through Habitat for Humanity.
More than 300 MTSU student volunteers worked to build a home for Joanne McFadden and her three children, one of whom will be an MTSU student starting this fall. The house, which was the fourth one made possible with MTSU assistance, was dedicated April 16.
Last year, some 250 runners or walkers and numerous canine companions took part in See Spot Run, which generates anywhere from $4,000 to $6,000 annually, said Jackie Victory, director of the Office of Student Organizations & Service.
“We have people who are experienced runners, who are trying to get a personal record,” Victory said. “We also have people who just want to bring their dogs out.”
Participants may register by searching “See Spot Run” at http://www.active.com or at the office website, http://www.mtsu.edu/leadandserve.
Early registration is available online until Sunday, May 11 for a fee of $25. Only early registrants may take advantage of a group discount of $20 per person for a group of 10 or more racers.
On-site registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. the day of the race for an individual fee of $30.
Each registered runner this year will receive a dry fit style shirt. Overall first-, second- and third-place winners in the male and female categories will receive gift baskets. First-, second- and third-place canine winners will receive leashes, water bowls and other dog goodies.
This event is sponsored by the MTSU Office of Student Organizations & Service and Sigma Pi fraternity. Supporting sponsors include ARAMARK, Fazoli’s Restaurant, Safari Pet Resort and Poodoo Leash.
For more information, contact the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership at (615) 898-5812, go to the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/mtsuseespotrun or join the conversation on Twitter at #SeeSpot5K.
Middle Tennessee Youth for Christ Memorial Day 5k to honor veterans
The 2014 Memorial Day 5k will be held on Monday, May 26, (Memorial Day) at Central Magnet to honor those who have bravely served and given their lives for our country.
Central Magnet is located on 701 E. Main Street in Murfreesboro. Race start time is 7 a.m., with registration from 6-6:45.
The race will begin at Central Magnet and take participants through the beautiful streets of downtown Murfreesboro.
Runners and walkers of all skill levels are welcome to participate. The course is a certified and professionally timed, family friendly, 5K Run/Walk. Awards will be given to top age group finishers; T-shirts and goodie bags are guaranteed to early registrants.
Registration is $30 per person and is available on active.com, with a $5 discount given to those who have served in the military and a family discount rate: two adults and two children of any age $80. Those interested can also call the Campus Life Office at (615) 890-3203 or email Christy Lambright at Christy@mtcampuslife.com.
All proceeds will benefit Middle Tennessee Youth for Christ/ Campus Life. Celebrating over 30 years of being involved in Middle Tennessee, Campus Life ministry combines healthy relationships with creative programs to help young people make good choices, establish a solid foundation for life, and positively impact their schools.
Those interested in more information about Middle Tennessee Youth for Christ may contact Christy Lambright, Campus Life Director at 615- 890-3203 or email Christy Lambright: Christy@mtcampuslife.com.