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SGA hosts red, white and loyal blue Color Run

November 5, 2017

 

Starla Gatson
Editor-In-Chief | sjg021@latech.edu

 

Homecoming week was off to a bright start with the first-ever Bulldogs Patriotic Homecoming Color Run. Clouds of red, white and blue powder filled the air, signaling not only the beginning of the race, but also the beginning of Louisiana Tech’s week of Homecoming activities.

 

The 2.5-mile race was held Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. at Tech Farm and was hosted by the Student Government Association.

 

Brittany Kastner, the SGA’s director of student activities, said the idea for the color run stemmed from Homecoming week’s theme.

 

“We decided we would have a patriotic-themed Homecoming, and when I think of that, I always think of fireworks,” she said. “So I thought of when people are running in a color run and you throw the color, it kind of looks like fireworks, so it would be a big bang to start out Homecoming week.”

 

Kastner, a senior secondary education in chemistry major, said all of the race’s proceeds will go to Tech’s Student Advancement Team, an organization that encourages students to donate to the Louisiana Tech Foundation.

 

The race’s participants were divided into four categories: male or female Tech student and male or female community member. Winners in each category received a plaque and will be recognized at Friday’s pep rally. Kastner said the number of race participants exceeded her expectations and said she hopes to see the run become an annual event.

 

“We just hoped to have at least 75 people sign up, and we’re at 100 people so we passed that mark,” she said. “We’re really excited; it’s our first year, and we think it’s a great success so far.”

 

Faith Guice, a freshman nursing major, said she thinks students responded well to the race and were excited to be covered in red, white and blue.

 

“I love color runs,” she said. “I think everyone loves color runs. Everybody likes having color thrown on them and looking cool. I think it’s fun.”

 

Guice, a member of the Tech Leadership Council, said she thinks students have not only been receptive to the color run, but to the week as a whole.

 

“I think the advertisement for everything is going pretty well,” she said. “There’s stuff going around social media and emails that tell what’s going on.”

 

Amanda Taunton competed in the female community division with a running class from her church and said the group decided to participate in the race as part of their training for a 5K.

 

“We heard about this color run and thought it’d be a good way to get out and see how we’re doing so far at the half of our training,” she said.

 

Taunton said she enjoyed the event and would participate in it again in the future.

 

“It was a great opportunity,” she said. “It was kind of a tough course with the hills, but it was a lot of fun. We had a good time.”

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