More than 100 racers crossed the finish line in the first Homecoming 5K Fun Run held by the College of Business. The event raised more than $2,500 for scholarships and student events.
The idea for the race was a collaborative effort between Dr. Frannie Miller, assistant professor of economics, and Sherman Burns, A&M-Commerce alum and University Foundation board member. They wanted to start a new tradition to engage alumni, especially recent graduates and young professionals, with the university in support of current students.
“I’ve had a great time working on this project. It’s neat seeing the commitment Sherman has to paying back and supporting A&M-Commerce, and it’s a blessing to work with student volunteers who are equally committed to supporting this amazing university,” Miller said.
Dr. Asli Ogunc, department head for economics and finance, said that Miller’s work with the fun run was inspirational because she was able to bring alumni, students and faculty together as one community all sharing the same common goal. “She leaves everything and everyone she encounters better than she found them,” Ogunc continued.
Casey Weese, a business administration student, Coast Guard reservist and avid ultra-marathon runner, was chosen to serve as the race director. Weese stated that he was proud to serve as race director. “I love A&M-Commerce, the staff and students.” Weese declared this first fun run a success with 110 participants crossing the finish line.
The category winners for the fun run included:
TAMUC Male Student – Juan Arreguin
TAMUC Female Student – Mikayla Maldonado
TAMUC Community Male – Conner Moreno
TAMUC Community Female – Maurie Flecker
A generous sponsorship from Campus Recreation enabled free participation for all current students. Sponsorships from Tokyo Express, Innovation First, Sweeties Donut Shop and Mugs Coffee Shop helped raise the funds for scholarships and student events.
“This event showed me that Lions come together and help their pride,” Weese said.