Magers Hall hosts 5K to help cancer patients

Clairisa Laws

Northern Michigan University students and community, grab your running shoes and get your game face on.Magers Hall is hosting a campus-wide 5K event 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. The run is open to anyone who is interested in participating. Registration has been available all week in the Payne/Halverson Lobby and will continue through the weekend, until 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28.

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Members of the club Runners of Northern Michigan University run along Wright Street, part of the course for “Hoofin’ it for Cancer,” a 5K run to benefit the Comfort Cart Program at Marquette General Hospital.

The run will start near the south side of Magers Hall, near the Magers and Van Antwerp courtyard. The route takes participants near Hawley Street and around to Lakeshore Boulevard and finishes up at McCarty’s Cove.

“Hoofin’ it for Cancer” is free. Donations are highly encouraged and accepted.

All proceeds go to Marquette General Hospital’s Comfort Cart, a volunteer program that provides comfort items, such as coloring books and toiletries, to patients going through cancer treatments, according to Kyle Lannon, Cancer Awareness Committee adviser and Magers Hall resident director.

Sophomore biology major Jacob Synnott is the point of contact for the event on Sunday.

“‘Hoofin’ it for Cancer’ is free to run,” Synnott said. “Donations are greatly appreciated and will go to the Comfort Cart at Marquette General. I know that this event is, and the donations are, for a great cause. We are even hoping to make this an annual event.”

“Our group at Magers Hall thought this program was something great and it was local,” Lannon said.

Post 5K, there will be a beach party at McCarty’s Cove that is open to the public. Beverages will be provided, along with a couple rounds of Frisbee and volleyball. Donation jars will be present for those willing to donate.

“I think that the main idea is just to do something that can get people out and enjoy the weather one more time,” Lannon said. “And in the mean time, fundraise a little bit of money for a good cause.”

The idea of this event originated during a Magers Hall government meeting. The group discussed possible events that they could put on, and it resulted in the planning and implementation of a cancer awareness 5K.

Sophomore marketing and public relations major Michael Srodes, president of Magers Hall, said there was not only planning but contacting behind the event.

“We got it started in the idea of cancer awareness,” Srodes said. “We decided that this was something that we wanted to do. We talked to Public Safety about the routing. We talked to other Resident Directors to get them and other halls involved as well.”

The Magers Hall president said he is looking forward to getting the entire NMU campus involved.

“Honestly, I am really excited to get the entire campus involved and get everybody out there to just run for a cause,” Srodes said.

According to Synnott, as of Tuesday, Sept. 23, over 60 runners have signed up. Looking forward to “Hoofin’ it for Cancer,” 3.1 mile run, Synnott is set on his prize.

“The prize is running and helping spread awareness of cancer,” Synnott said.