By Connor Muldowney
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer
EAST LANSING – Whenever she hears of a 5k race, University of Michigan Ann Arbor student Liz Adams feels the need to take part.
“I really enjoy doing 5ks,” said Adams. “It’s a good way to get motivated to exercise and have attainable goals that you can meet at some point. Also, the fact that you pay really forces you to run them. I try to choose runs that have a charitable aspect to them just because it makes me feel like I’m involved.”
The Michigan State Tower Guard hosted its 12th annual Shamrock Run-Walk-Roll to benefit the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities. Tower Guard is one of the oldest student organizations at MSU. It consists of sophomores whose grade-point average were in the top 5 percent of their freshman class.
Tower Guard works closely with the 1500 resource center members and they are required to volunteer over 100 hours during their sophomore year with MSU students with physical and mental disabilities.
The run took place at MSU on Saturday, March 17, finishing at Conrad Hall on the east side of campus. People of all ages participated in the event and there was an award ceremony for the top finishers in each age group.
Tower Guard President Kent Dell coordinated the event and acknowledged the work.
“They had to lobby different businesses to get donations,” Dell said. “They had to set up committees to go to different hall governments to get funding for it. We had to send people out to buy the food and send volunteers around campus and sit by the turn-around points.”
The work that went into this event paid off from Dell’s point of view to help the center.
“I want to support RCPD to begin with, that’s why I signed up for Tower Guard,” Dell said. “This event is a good fundraiser for the RCPD and a lot of good comes out of it every year. We wanted to beat last year. Last year they put about $5,500 in the endowment, so I hope we can beat them, and I think we did.”
The event drew around 500 participants and raised about $8,000.
Mike Hudson, director of the resource center, said the Tower Guard is one reason his group is successful.
“I’m grateful for the Tower Guard,” Hudson said. “The Tower Guard’s existence here at MSU has set our program and the university aside in reputation for being able to meet the needs of people with disabilities, especially blind and visually impaired students.”
Although the purpose of the event was to raise money, Hudson believes that the purpose of the event goes beyond raising money.
“It’s good, positive news about the university, for the university, for the Tower Guard,” said Hudson. “It’s just a really great event for raising funds, raising awareness and making a positive impact.”