Staying home for homecoming 5k brings in money for student aid

The 2020 Homecoming 5k takes places virtually. Photo courtesy of SCSU Campus Recreation.

The annual Homecoming 5k tradition continued, even though many sports and other traditions did not take place this year. Typically, the 5k starts at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center and has a 3.1 mile loop that brings runners back hockey center. This year, participants were asked to make their own track of sorts and report their time back.

The registration site explained how runners could report their time:

“There will be various ways to submit your time including clicking the Results button to the left or click here. For a detailed explanation of the various options for submitting your time or if you are having trouble submitting a time, please click here.”

Participants were able to run the 5k anytime between Oct. 12 and 25, with registration closing on Oct. 18.

The results of the race will be made available after Oct. 25 on Pickle Events.

There were 149 participants this year according to Chris Haukos, Coordinator of Fitness and Special Programs for Campus Recreation.

Registration was $20, with half of it going to the Student Emergency Fund. Students can apply for funds through Huskies Connect and are able to apply once per year according to Melissa Dobmeier, who administers the foundation that gives out the grant. All students who are currently seeking a degree are eligible.

Registration also includes a t-shirt, blizzard gaiter, online certificate, race bib, which was all mailed directly to participants’ homes.

The t-shirt and blizzard gaiter that was included as part of the race kit. Photo credit: Anna Panek

“We raised $2485 for the Student Emergency Fund,” shared Haukos.

Participants were able to donate additional funds if they wished on top of half of their registration fee.

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Anna Panek

Anna is a junior at St. Cloud State University and is double majoring in Math Education and Spanish Education, with a minor in Special Education. She is the Managing Editor for the University Chronicle this year. When she is not at campus attending class, working as a learning assistant or math tutor, or writing for the University Chronicle, she enjoys volunteering, reading, being overly competitive at board games, and telling horribly funny puns.

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