Last Thursday – which just so happened to be Halloween – Chi Alpha Kappa (a women’s social club at MSU) put on its first ever philanthropic event. We spent months organizing the first annual Run For Your Life 5k to benefit the Bozeman Help Center. The stress that this event caused our leaders was immense, and come race day, we weren’t entirely sure that it would be even a little bit successful. But we had 70 participants. SEVENTY PARTICIPANTS. That’s huge!
The race started with a short fun run for the kids. Starting at the front of Bobcat Stadium, a huge group of kids ran down 11th, to campus, and up the mall where we had a few clubs, Chi Alpha Kappa girls, and fraternity men stationed handing out candy. They finished after running up 7th and back to the stadium. My favorite costume was definitely the kitten (who was only about four years old), but we also had two Buzz Lightyears who were a close second.
After the fun run, the 5k began. Almost every participant was in full costume; we had a grandpa (who actually shaved a cul-de-sac into his hair) with his trophy wife as well as Paulie Bleeker (from Juno) and a slice of pizza, amongst other awesome costumes. As each runner crossed the finish line, they were handed a raffle ticket which they could enter into the drawing back by the registration tent. The baskets were spectacular; we had donations from Diesel Pros, Sage Spa Living, the MSU Bookstore, the MSU Ticket Office, as well as seven other local businesses. One basket had two free ski passes to Big Sky Resort. There were also two baskets available for silent auction. I was manning the face painting station, and to wrap it all off we gave the five best costumes gift cards to U-Swirl Frozen Yogurt. There was hot cider and hot chocolate provided by Town & Country Foods.
By the end of the day, the first annual Run For Your Life 5k was an incredible success and I know that relieved a huge weight off the shoulders of our leaders for the event. I have some exciting news to reveal later this week which effects the future of Run For Your Life 5k. I don’t know for sure what will happen or how it will change the run, but keep your eyes open for us next Halloween
On behalf of Chi Alpha Kappa, I would like to thank all of our sponsors, as well as make a huge shout out to the Big Sky Wind Drinkers who let us borrow so much of their equipment. I would also like to thank the fraternity Kappa Sigma who volunteered their time. And then, of course, all of our wonderful participants. We literally couldn’t have done it without you! We’re so glad we could help the Bozeman Help Center.