Scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, the Reformation Run/Walk will take place in and around Wittenberg’s campus, beginning just outside historic Weaver Chapel on East Campus Drive. Registration for the race will cost $10, with the proceeds donated to the Springfield City School District for the purchase of new library books. Additional contributions for the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund will also be accepted.
To guarantee that they will receive a t-shirt, runners must register by Oct. 19. There will also be opportunities to register for the run the day of the event and during the Wittenberg Homecoming & Reunion Weekend football game against Ohio Wesleyan University at Edwards-Maurer Field, which kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.
Set on the anniversary of Martin Luther’s decision to publish his groundbreaking theses in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517, the Reformation Run/Walk is representative of Wittenberg’s long-standing affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
The organizers of the Reformation Run/Walk – Assistant Professor of English Rick Incorvati, Assistant Professor of History Tammy Proctor, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Women’s Studies Nancy McHugh, Julie Holland, wife of Assistant Professor of Philosophy Miguel Martinez-Saenz and Proctor’s husband, Todd Shirley – hope the event will bring Wittenberg and the Springfield community closer together. They also hope to make it an annual event, with donations going to different organizations each year.
“President Erickson has pledged to build an even closer relationship between Wittenberg and Springfield, and this event seems to be a step in the right direction,” Proctor said.
The Springfield City School District recently cut funding for library books, as well as many other programs and extra-curricular activities. The professors organizing the Reformation Run/Walk feel that as an educational institution, Wittenberg has a responsibility to support other nearby educational institutions, especially one as important to the social fabric of the City of Springfield as the largest school district in the county.
After the Hurricane Katrina disaster, Reformation Run/Walk organizers also felt it was important to allow people to donate to the relief fund.
Event organizers hope to attract many Wittenberg students, alumni and members of the Springfield community to the race. Special recognition will be given to the student organization that makes the largest contribution.
- Leslie Banas '06
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