Marymount 5K Part of a Day of Remembrance, Service

The Marymount 5K continues to grow and expand in its third year and will be part of the university’s annual Remembrance Day, with the opportunity to participate in service projects post race. Start time is 9 a.m., Saturday, April 22 on the main campus, 2807 North Glebe Road.

The work will be mixed with lots of fun: Runners will receive a technical T-shirt, a pint glass and be treated to craft beer, food, and entertainment from a live band at “Saint City,” a family-friendly post-race party. Cost is $15 for Marymount students and $40 for all others.

The event is co-hosted by MU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Marymount’s Wellness Committee, and the Student Government Association. Proceeds will go toward the PT Department’s annual service-learning trip to Costa Rica and the Foundation for Physical Therapy. Donations are also being accepted.

“We’ve been really fortunate to engage students, faculty and staff in the process of planning the race,” said Dr. Skye Donovan, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy.

Donovan said runners can participate in two of nine Remembrance Day service projects that range from planting vegetables in a community garden to packing bag lunches for A-SPAN, a program working to end homelessness in Arlington.

Remembrance Day began in 2006 when serval classmates of Tara Howard came together for a service project in her memory. A freshman known for her work with the homeless, the elderly and abused women, Howard had been killed that January in a car accident. A joint celebration of service now includes reflections on all those of the Marymount community who have passed away.

“I’m really excited about this year’s Remembrance Day,” said Anne Aichele, director of the Office of Student Leadership. “The opportunity to partner with the physical therapy program really demonstrates the sense of collaboration at Marymount. It also provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase the service and learning projects we have around the world, which is the best way to remember Tara and her service to the community.”

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