Malone 5K pump and run raises funds for Compassion child
The tenth annual Malone 5K Pump n’ Run in honor of Jack Hazen will be held on Oct. 8. New this year, all event proceeds will benefit Elian, a Compassion International child sponsored by Malone’s wellness council.
“Through [Compassion International] we sponsor a little boy named Elian, and we help so that he can go to school, have shoes, buy his books, have lunch money and all those things that normal kids take for granted here,” said Joyce Byler, director of the wellness center and faculty advisor for wellness council.
The entry price for students is $10, which includes a Jack Hazen t-shirt. Participants can elect to participate in just the run or the pump and run. For each rep completed in the weight room prior to the race, 30 seconds will be removed from their race time.
Byler said the race has evolved since it was first attached to a regularly-scheduled track meet. The event is now in honor of Jack Hazen’s 50 years in Malone’s running community.
Even non-runners can get involved with the race as the course is a double loop around campus with room available for bystanders to watch and cheer on the runners.
“You start in front of Osborne Hall and go all the way to the Johnson Center. Then you come up the back side of the campus, like you’re going to the softball field, but then you go down the to cross country course and loop around and end up all the way down by Blossom. Then you make your way back up through the campus to the front part of Osborne again and then you do the same thing,” said Byler.
“The course is set up all throughout Malone’s campus or just around surrounding streets, so we don’t really ever go off of concrete. We set up cones and little flags to mark the way people need to go. Basically two laps around campus make the full 3.1 miles,” said Jordan Schlabach, exercise science and physical therapy major and co-president of the wellness council.
The Pump n’ Run is also an invitation to the community to get involved and enjoy Malone’s campus.
“We have different local businesses that come along side us in assisting to help pay for the expenses of hosting the Pump n’ Run. They also do donations for our raffle that we have, such as fun little baskets,” said Schlabach.
Each donation means more money benefitting Elian.
Each runner will receive one raffle ticket to participate in a chance to win raffle prizes. According to Hannah Ramirez, a senior exercise science and pre-physical therapy major and co-president of the wellness council, there will also be other prizes for the Pump n’ Run participants. Children are also welcome to participate in the race.
“We have a kid’s run we set up and as long as it’s good weather we’ll set it up outside the library. It’s going to have all different kinds of obstacle courses for kids to do, so their parents can run while their kids do their own little mini race,” said Ramirez.
Cathy Weyand is a staff writer for The Aviso