Student Association raises funds in first annual fun-run

Alistair Sutherland

Alistair Sutherland

The BCITSA has done it again – without the ‘Oops’.

If you saw several mad scientists, two super heroes who may or may not have been super-fast, and/or a couple of mysterious W.I.B. (Women In Black) agents running around campus recently, it was likely because March 27 marked the BCIT Student Association’s first annual five-kilometer charity fun run.

Participants paid $5 to register for the run, and were encouraged to get pledges. Proceeds from the run went to the Student Association’s Emergency Food Fund, which provides food for students in need.

And like any truly fun fun-run, there were prizes awarded for best costumes and most funds raised. Notably, beer tickets were given out to all participants. If you were there, you would have seen the patio at Professor Mugs pub was packed, with runners carb-loading after the event.

This was the second try for the organizers of the 5K, who tried to put the event on in the fall.

“We couldn’t go through with it then because there wasn’t enough turn out on the day, so leading up to this one there was a lot of anticipation,” says Sophia Coulter, vice president of the BCIT Student Association. “This time we had about 75 people pre-registered, and about 50 showed up.”

According to the BCITSA, the event “ran” smoothly. Participants signed waivers before the run began, but no injuries were reported, and even the weather cooperated.  The only challenge was a garbage truck that tried to intercept the finish line.

Next year, the Student Association plans to promote the event more, because more participants mean more money raise for the Emergency Food Fund.

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