By Caitlin Dunnells, Staff Reporter
The Hardin-Simmons University 10thAnnual Turkey Day 5K will be hosted at 4 p.m. on Nov. 25. The run will start in the parking lot across from Mabee Hall and the route will continue throughout HSU campus. Staff, faculty, students, alumni and anyone in the Abilene community are encouraged to participate.
The event is planned by the student activities group, Sabers. Emma Ellison, coordinator of student activities, and HSU students, Jackson Rogers and Autumn Senteney, have been working on the logistics of the Turkey Day 5K since mid-October.
“We have been meeting up to decide what we are going to do differently this year in order to make the event a bigger, more well-known and better attended event,” Senteney said.
Senteney, a senior at HSU, chose to organize the Turkey Day 5K at the beginning of the year because she saw its potential. “After I ran last year and having seen the event on campus in years prior, I knew it could be something we emphasized a little bit more. I used to run 5K’s with my family growing up and I felt like we could make this 5K more like the ones you might experience that are put on by big corporations and fundraisers,” Senteney said.
The event has several similarities and differences when compared to years past. The similarities of the event are that t-shirts will be sold and that the course will be the same. “The things we decided to change were having an on-campus Turkey Day celebration during and after the race, advertising to all social media platforms and ramping up the activities to do rather than running. We wanted to make sure to cater to different audiences like students or professors walking by that might not have the time to run,” Senteney said.
This year a local band made up of Abilene Christian University students by the name of “Weston and the Evergreen” will be playing. There will also be food trucks and yard games offered for those who are not running.
In order to sign up for the event go to hsute.edu/turkey5k or email Emma Ellison at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who are interested in running pay $5 for a t-shirt and a food ticket. The cost of the shirt alone is $10.
“We love how the 5K brings campus together to celebrate Thanksgiving right before we leave for the holidays. It is just a fun time whether you like to run or walk or just hang out and watch. We would love for you to come out,” Ellison said.