Sunday, August 31, 2014

SA hosts annual fun run

Camp Hydaway’s glow stick-lined trail provided the location for this year’s 2k race

Masks — Students show off their costumes for the Halloween Fun Run at Camp Hydaway. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Masks — Students show off their costumes for the Halloween Fun Run at Camp Hydaway. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Every year, people of all ages dress up as superheroes, fairy-tale characters and ghosts to receive free candy and celebrate Halloween.

Liberty University’s Student Activities (SA) invited students to take part in the annual tradition by participating in the Costume Fun Run at Camp Hydaway Halloween night, Thursday, Oct. 31.

According to Joshua Yeoman, an SA employee, this is the third year SA has hosted the race.

The 2k race began at 8 p.m., and participants ran along trails that were marked with glow sticks at Camp Hydaway. Participants were asked to bring flashlights or headlights in order to easily maneuver in the dark.

RACE — Students ran a 2k race as a part of the Costume Fun Run. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

RACE — Students ran a 2k race as a part of the Costume Fun Run. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

According to SA, the race was a fun race in which students were not judged on their times. At the event, students were able to enjoy dressing up in costumes and running together.

Students were required to pay a $5 fee, and they received a T-shirt with their registration.

Prizes were given to best male costume, best female costume, best couple costume and best group costume.

Joy Lawrence, a Liberty senior who participated in the race, dressed up as Cinderella, and her partner dressed up as Prince Charming.

“Student Activities has been hosting this race since I have been a sophomore, and I enjoy it each and every time I attend,” Lawrence said. “It is a great time for friends to come together and celebrate Halloween and have fun at the same time.”

Lawrence’s partner, Jacob Tangen, is also a senior at Liberty.

“Being able to dress up and come out to Camp Hydaway and run with my classmates added a fun spin to my Halloween this year,” Tangen said.

Robert Stringer, a freshman participant, dressed up as Spider-Man.

“This is my first year at Liberty, and I have been attending all of the events that SA puts on since I have arrived,” Stringer said. “This is by far my favorite event. I think it is an entertaining experience to be able to run with friends who are dressed up in fun costumes.”

Pose — Student Activities events provide students with the chance to bond. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Pose — Student Activities events provide students with the chance to bond. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

According to Yeoman, there were approximately 85 runners and 100 total in attendance.

“Our mission at Student Activities is to provide a variety of activities to the student body to help connect them to their friends, campus and culture. We believe events like this help to foster relationships and build community within the university,” Yeoman said.

SA provides students with many different opportunities to come together thoughout the semester. They offer a variety of races and Open Mic Nights, present the semiannual Coffeehouse and host various game nights.

For more information on SA, visit liberty.edu/studentactivities.

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