Starting from East Campus Drive near Wittenberg’s historic Weaver Chapel, the participants will walk or run north through campus before heading to nearby Veterans Park. The event route eventually turns back toward campus to finish at Edwards-Maurer Field on Bill Edwards Drive.
Pre-registration for the race costs $12, while registration on the day of the race is $15. Proceeds will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank, and additional contributions will be accepted for the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund. Runners must register by Saturday, Oct. 21, to guarantee they will receive a t-shirt. In addition, all participants are encouraged to bring a donation of canned food.
Assistant Professor of English Rick Incorvati, Associate Professor of History Tammy Proctor and her husband Todd Shirley, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Women’s Studies Nancy McHugh, Julie Holland, wife of Assistant Professor of Philosophy Miguel Martinez-Saenz have organized the event for the second consecutive year. According to Holland, last year’s inaugural event raised $700 for Springfield City School District libraries and the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund.
“We had more than 60 participants at last year’s run, and we are hoping to pass 100 this year,” Holland said.
Event organizers hope they will have a strong representation of Wittenberg students, faculty, staff members, alumni and Springfield community members for an event that will benefit the entire community. Holland said participants formed an intimate gathering in the middle of the university’s Earl F. Morris Track at Edwards-Maurer Field to share their success at the end of last year’s run.
The inaugural event was set on the anniversary of Martin Luther’s decision to publish his groundbreaking theses in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517. While the date may change from year to year, the Reformation Run/Walk is representative of Wittenberg’s long-standing affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
- Written By: Cristina Recalde ’08
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