Runners, SAAC support student-athlete

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), in conjunction with the Athletic Training programs, hosted a 5K benefit run to raise funds for a Wildcat athlete who has brain cancer May 5.

Approximately 70 people came out between the competitive run and the fun run/walk.

Participants included Linfield cross-country runners and members from the Linfield and McMinnville communities, said Katherine Brackman, sports information and marketing assistant at Linfield, in an email.

The SAAC raised about $720, although more donations are on their way in from individuals who weren’t able to attend the event, Brackman added.

This money will be combined with the $617 collected during the SAAC’s coin drive that took place this past basketball season, she said.

“This was an extremely fun event to plan for a very worthy cause,” Brackman said in an email.

Individuals could pay $10 for one or $17 for two to run.

The 5K featured two options, a competitive timed race and a fun run/walk.

The run/walk led participants from the Oak Grove down Founders Way to Cowls and Lever streets, around the Wellness Trail to the front of the library, down Renshaw Avenue to Linfield Avenue and back to Founders Way to the I.M. field, said junior Courtney Alley, one of the event’s organizers.

“I was really excited about the event. A good amount of people showed up and some came by just to donate money,” Alley said.

Alley said that the SAAC is waiting to present the money to the student-athlete until a large enough sum has been collected.

The committee is also talking about having a T-shirt sale in the fall during football games, Alley said.


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