On Sunday Nov. 9, the Mount’s Relay for Life Committee hosted their second annual Freaky 5k Run/Walk on the west side of campus. Overall, the event had 108 participants and raised over $1,000 to support the American Cancer Society.
Lauren Brown, the Mount’s Relay for Life Committee Chair, was thrilled with the outcome.
“Last year we had our first run, and with 70+ participants, I was blown away with the event. This year, we exceeded 100 participants, and I couldn’t be more overjoyed with the support from our campus. From the business school to ROTC to sports teams, the run brought in a lot of different people from campus,” she said.
Along with support from the Mount, the surrounding community was equally as involved and encouraging with the event. Local businesses like Carleo’s Pizza Shop and the Emmitsburg Hardware Store contributed gift cards for the top race finishers.
The Mount has held a Relay for Life event consecutively for the past six years – this year marking the Mount’s seventh annual event. Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, spreading awareness and raising donations in a unique way.
The overnight event, which will take place in March, lasts 12 hours. Participants come in teams and walk around the indoor track at the PNC Sports Complex all night to symbolize the fact that cancer never sleeps.
Each team fundraises throughout the year, as the top three teams are recognized for raising the most donations.
Brown reflects on the past three Relay events at the Mount as well as the upcoming event next semester. As a senior, this will be the last Relay for Life event that she will be a part of at the Mount.
“Along with raising monetary donations, it is a personal event for many, as this is a way to celebrate, remember and fight back. Everyone has been touched by cancer in some way; it is a terrible disease, but this is our way to help to make sure cancer is not a part of the future,” she said.
For more information about joining Relay for Life, please contact Lauren Brown at LEBrown@email.msmary.edu.