Sorority hosts 5K run to prevent child abuse

March 26, 2009

by David Awalt

Over 200 people turned out at 9 a.m. Saturday for Kappa Delta’s annual Shamrock Run, which was a 5k and a 1-mile fun-run through Lincoln Parish Park.

All proceeds from the event went toward Prevent Child Abuse America and the local Methodist Children’s Home.

Sam Shipman, president of Kappa Delta and a junior marketing major, said she thought the event was successful.

“Everybody seemed to be having a good time and there was a good energy. We heard the run was hard but fun,” Shipman said.

Shipman also said the event’s turn-out could not only be attributed to students.

“The reason the event was such a success is because people around the community came,” she said. “[Kappa Delta gets] so much support on campus and off.”

Krystal Keenan, a participant in the run and sophomore nursing major, said she really enjoyed the whole experience.

“It was intense,” she said. “It was super hilly, but the weather was great and it was for a good cause.”

According the Kappa Delta’s national Web site, Kappa Delta’s collective chapters have donated over $7.1 million to help prevent child abuse.

Saturday’s race was won in 20 minutes.
During the race, the non-runners lounged around the field and enjoyed the weather while others tossed frisbees and footballs.

Laura Dugas, the Shamrock Chair for Kappa Delta and a senior economics major, said it was a relief to see everything go off so well.

“I can’t tell you how happy I was when I woke up and saw how beautiful the weather was,” Dugas said. “There was a great turnout and everyone seemed to be having a great time. Plus we didn’t have anything go seriously wrong and no one got hurt.”

Dugas also shared insight into why she thought so many people came to the event.

“I think everybody can relate to the cause for the race in a way,” she said. “Children are close to everyone’s heart and it’s just such a great and meaningful cause to support, especially since some of the money will be used in the community.”