On Friday, October 3, KUGR.org -- the student-run online radio station at WSU's Pullman Campus -- will be hosting a 5K fun run, aka The Rock ‘n' Run, to help raise money for Team Gleason. To register for the event, participants can go to KUGR.org and click the Fun Run Tab. The race will start on Holland-Terrell Mall near the CUB and end on Mooberry Track just before the Homecoming bonfire.
Entry to the Rock ‘n' Run costs $25, participants will receive t-shirts and bibs at the registration tent on the Todd Hall steps, across from the Terrell Library. Participants can also register for the event on October 3rd, at the registration tent, starting at 5 p.m. After registration, runners will be directed to the starting line so that they can get ready for the run; which will begin around 6 p.m.
The run is open to all runners that are 15 years or older. You will need parental consent on both your waiver and your application if you are between 15-17 years old.
The majority of the proceeds from the Rock ‘n' Run are going to Team Gleason and its battle against ALS.
The route starts at the Holland-Terrell Mall, near the CUB. Once the runners start the race, they will head east and cross Stadium Way. Runners will head by the grizzly bear research center and Airport Road. Then they will loop back onto campus, running past the Indoor Practice Facility, Bailey-Brayton Field, and Beasley Coliseum before ending the race on Mooberry Track near the Homecoming bonfire on Flag Lane.
While we were deciding what big event we wanted to do, we were set on a fun run. The next step for us was to figure out who we wanted to benefit from the run. After some discussion, it was pretty obvious. Team Gleason just fits so well. We wanted someone or some organization that really fits with WSU.
As many of you know, Steve Gleason attended WSU between 1995-99. During his time in Pullman he played football and baseball for the Cougs. After he graduated, the New Orleans Saints signed Gleason as an undrafted free agent. He played for the Saints for eight seasons, including New Orleans' Super Bowl Championship in 2006. In 2011, Gleason was diagnosed with ALS; he founded Team Gleason to help raise awareness and fund research to fight the disease. Team Gleason's fight to help those affected with ALS is the final piece that sealed them as our partner of choice.
Lastly, we wanted to join the Homecoming fun, without interrupting other events. Even more than that, we wanted to lead the participants right to the annual bonfire.
To support the Rock 'n' Run on Facebook, click here