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Kappa Delta hosts Shamrock-n-Run 5K

March 29, 2018

 

MORGAN BERNARD
Managing Editor | mrb056@ latech.edu

 

Members of the Ruston community gathered in Lincoln Parish Park to participate in Kappa Delta’s St. Patrick’s Day 5K race, which benefited the Methodist Children’s Home. – Photo by Morgan Bernard

 

Runners sporting four-leaf clovers and other lucky charms participated in the Shamrock-n-Run 5K on Mar. 17 in Lincoln Parish Park.
This annual St. Patrick’s Day run is a fundraising event hosted by Louisiana Tech’s Kappa Delta Sorority.

 

Lizzie Hummel, president of Kappa Delta, said the Shamrock 5K serves as a way for the sorority’s local and national philanthropies, the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home and Prevent Child Abuse America.

 

“Twenty percent of the money from the race goes to Prevent Child Abuse and the other 80 percent goes to the Methodist Children’s Home here in Ruston,” she said. “We really find that community is key. We love Ruston and like to be involved with the community as much as we can.”

 

Hummel, a junior biomedical engineering major, said she is honored to have these opportunities and connections by being a part of her sorority.

 

“Putting on Shamrock is a team effort,” she said. “Without the support of our chapter and the community we would not be able to put this on. Kappa Delta has supported the Methodist Children’s Home for a long time, so to be able to continue that relationship is amazing.”
Tyler Brown, a race participant, said this was his second year to be a runner in the Shamrock 5K and he enjoyed it both years.

 

“The hills in the park make it a little difficult at times but it is still lots of fun,” he said. “I was a little worried at first about rain, but it turned out to be a nice day with great weather for a race.”

 

Brown said he likes the Shamrock 5K because it is a way for him to be involved with the local community.

 

“I love running, so being able to do something I enjoy while giving back is awesome,” he said. “I was born and raised in Ruston and am always looking for ways to be included in my community, and this is a fun and easy way to give back that anyone can do.”

 

Maddie Patton, Kappa Delta’s vice president of community service, said she was excited by the large turnout of race participants.

 

“We had close to 420 people sign up for the run,” she said. “Recently, these numbers have grown a lot and I think it has to do with what we do with the community. We had an Eskamoes night and a Newks night which got the word out. People also know that we do this every year now, so it is something they look forward to.”

 

Patton, a junior marketing major, said she sees the Shamrock 5K as more than just a fundraising event for her sorority and its philanthropies.

 

“Shamrock really bridges the Methodist Children’s Home with the rest of the community, especially college students,” she said. “Most of us just come in and out of Ruston on I-20. This lets people from other sororities and fraternities — or anyone on-campus in general —know about the great community service and philanthropic opportunities Ruston has to offer.”

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