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The University Of Charleston Is Merging Fun, Fitness, And Charity
Reported by: Ashley Smith
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Ashley Smith
Reported: Apr. 27, 2012 11:14 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 27, 2012 4:48 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A new tradition is starting in Charleston this weekend and you have the chance to be part of it. This first ever event merges fun, fitness, and charity into one day.
"We're interested in helping West Virginia be fit!" said Assistant Professor and runner Hallie Chillag Dunlap.
Fitness only scratches the surface. The first ever University of Charleston Half Marathon and 5k will take place this Sunday. But the race is about much more than fitness and friendly competition.
"For the sports admin students to be able to take that initiative and get this started and get this sort of turnout for the first year especially we're really proud of that," said UC Student Holly Sabatka.
"This is very unique especially for the University of Charleston. To have them put their faith in us makes us feel confident that we can do it and they're supporting us along the way," said UC Student and Race Director Adam Hintz.
Sports Administration students mentored by their professors -who just happen to be experienced runners - are managing this race and hoping to gain invaluable hands-on experience
But even more than that, this event is to raise awareness and funds for children in Kenya. Several students and faculty members from UC traveled to Kenya last year to see first hand the struggles these kids face.
"The schools in Kenya don't have any sporting equipment at all. They play [soccer] with bundled trash," said Hallie Chillag Dunlap.
"We're not just here to get a major and then get out. We want to do more than that in the community and on a global level with Kenya," said Sabatka.
Race Director and UC soccer player Adam Hintz traveled to Kenya. He says this race has a special meaning for him.
"It was a great experience especially helping them with sports.. I even played a scrimmage match over there with a local team," said Hintz.
All proceeds from the race will provide even more help for these budding young kids. The race is also the same weekend as the Governor's Cup Crew competition held at the University of Charleston on Saturday. There are also kids races so you can get the entire family involved!
So whether you’re an experienced runner, or you just want to support a good cause, come on down to the University of Charleston Sunday morning and remember to have fun!
You can find out more information on how to sing up or just volunteer at this website: http://www.uchalfmarathon.com/#!
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