Get your Bear Paws on (it’s for a cause!)
The fourth Bear Paws for a Cause 4K run/walk is tomorrow, Saturday, April 28. Starting at 10 a.m., this race and walk raises money for scholarships, raises awareness for an endangered species, and gives students enrolled in the Event Management class real experience planning and managing an event. This year's endangered animal is Omar, a forest owlet.
Event Management is an upper-level elective available to Health, Exercise Science, and Sport Management majors. Students of junior standing or higher take this class to learn the planning, conducting, staffing, financing, and evaluating of sporting events. Students do it all: develop medical emergency plans, evacuation, crowd control, registration, and risk management plans. Students agree that time management and scheduling are the most challenging parts of the planning process.
Addison Vanderpool compares the class to a second job. And Tony Tinder said you can't get behind schedule.
"The process is very hectic and it is easy to get behind in your duties," Tinder said said. "It always helps to hear you've gained another sponsor or participant for the race. It helps to keep your confidence and focus."
The event takes place on the Wayne Dannehl National Cross Country Course. For people who want to walk, there is a track adjacent to the cross country trail for wheelchairs and strollers. Runners and walkers receive a race day t-shirt and one raffle ticket.
There's still to join Bear Paws for a Cause. Those wishing to participate can register through www.active.com on the web. The entry fee is $25 for adults over 18 years of age and $17 for students. Children 11 and under are free.