Cardinals for Special Olympics hosting 5k

Cardinals for Special Olympics will host a 5k run to raise money for future Special Olympics events. The Spooky Sprint 5k Run will take place 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

The exact path has not yet been decided, but attendees can expect to check in at parking lot G3. Signs and a tent will be outside Health and Human Services.

Registration is available online for $20 until Thursday, Oct. 10. Those who register will receive T-shirts while supplies last. On-site registration is at 9 a.m. It costs $15 for students, and $25 for non-students.

Taylor Boyd, president of SVSU’s Special Olympics chapter, said proceeds from the event will go toward the spring games in March 2020. She said that she hopes the event has a good turn-out.

“We hope to see as many SVSU students at the event as possible,” Boyd said. “It’s BOV weekend, but the event will conclude early enough for students to make it to GVSU for the game.”

Samantha Justice, a nursing junior involved with Special Olympics, said she hopes the run will give the organization exposure.

“Our goal is to get our organization out to more people on and off-campus,” she said. “We want to get the word out to get volunteers for the spring games. We need a lot of help for that.”

Justice also said she hopes people will see that the RSO is working for a good cause.

“I hope more people will … hear about our cause, whether it’s SVSU students or people in the community,” she said. “I hope that they discover (our work) and want to volunteer with us in the future.”

Boyd said she hopes all who attend the run have fun.

“(We) want students and attendees to genuinely enjoy the event,” she said. “At this point in the semester, students are getting overwhelmed with the amount of work piled on their plates. This 5k is a healthy way to escape the stress that is brought on by assignments and exams.”

The 5k will feature a costume contest with prizes donated from the community. Prizes will also go to those who finish the run first.

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