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Tech Cheer runs Stunt Dog Dash

October 20, 2016

Kailee Courts

Staff Reporter | kec029@latech.edu

 

Louisiana Tech Cheer hosted the first Stunt Dog Dash 5k Oct 15.

 

Misty Falting, a Tech Cheer coach, said the race was a way for the team to raise money for its trip to Orlando, Florida, in January.

 

“It is not cheap so we are having different fundraisers to get there,” she said. “This is just one of the fundraisers we are having.”

 

She said each team member had to ask for sponsors for the race and find participants to run.

FALTING

FALTING

“We are thankful for the support from the university,” Falting said. “We are also thankful for the support from our sponsors.”

 

Some of the sponsors of the race were Smoothie King, Railway Coffee and Peak Sports Nutrition, and they helped donate prizes and money to purchase the necessary equipment for the 5k.

 

David Long, the owner of Peak Sports Nutrition, said he was more than happy to help the cheerleaders.

 

“A lot of these guys are frequent customers,” he said. “I love being able to help out in any way I can.”

 

Along with donating prizes, Long also had a table set up with protein bars and amino acid juice for the runners.

 

During the event, the team was around campus cheering people on, showing the runners where to go and working the sign-up tables to ensure the event ran smoothly.

 

Matthew Giddens, a junior computer information systems major, said the team has been preparing for competition.

 

“As a team we have been working extra hard to get ready for competition,” he said. “Everyone is putting in a lot of work, and we are learning new skills every day.”

 

Giddens said the team has not been to a national cheer competition in a few years, and he is excited to get back out there.

 

“This has been an exciting year for the cheer team,” he said. “We have been getting more involved on campus and with the students. We are excited to see what the rest of the year has for us.”

 

Charles Kendrick, a freshman civil engineering major, was the first person to complete the race.

 

“It feels nice to come in first,” he said. “It also feels nice to be able to help a fraternity brother, and the rest of the cheer team.”

 

Rachel Hebert and Grant Artero followed Kendrick, finishing second and third.

 

Falting said this was the first Stunt Dog Dash, but she hopes it will not be the last.

 

“We had so much fun planning and putting on the event,” she said. “We hope to make it a yearly thing.”

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