With the remodeling of Elmendorf Park, the community has been able to enjoy its wonderful new scenery and walk trails. Elizabeth Longoria, University Events Manager, envisioned a fun run for families and students to participate and hopes of having this as an annual event on campus.
At first it was just a small idea, but with the help of several staff and OLLU departments, the first 5K Confetti Run & Walk will take place on April 1, 2017 in front of Main building from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The run will begin in front of Main Building and proceed into various areas around campus and into the Elmendorf Lake trails and back to the front of Main building where it will end.
“I thought it would be a great idea that OLLU would have a fun run. I had conversations with my supervisors, Dan Yoxall and Anne Gomez about the idea of having a 5k on campus. As soon as the city began construction on the now completed beautiful Elmendorf Park, we decided to make this 5k happen” said Longoria.
Collaborating with several departments on campus has helped Longoria along the way by successfully organizing the event and for it not to go unnoticed.
“Adrienne Rodriguez, Associate Director of Athletics/Campus Recreation, and I became co-chairs in organizing the Confetti Run.” said Longoria, “We formed a committee which consists of the police department, marketing department, development and alumni as well as student life.”
Planning and coordinating a walk and run event can take a while – almost a year. As for Longoria and her committee, it became possible to plan within a certain amount of time.
“We began planning the event in Dec. 2016. Most runs need at least a year to plan, but we made it happen with the talent and expertise of the 5k committee”
Participants will receive a high-quality T-shirt and a finisher’s medal designed by OLLU’s very own Brand Manager and award-winner of OLLU Fiesta medals, Cathy Maule.
The purpose of the Confetti Run is to raise funds for OLLU student scholarships. Longoria thought it would be a great way to not only make this event memorable for everyone, but to help OLLU students financially.
“The run also known as President Melby’s Inaugural Confetti 5k Run/Walk in honor of OLLU’s President, Dr. Diane Melby who will be participating” Longoria said.
After the race, an egg hunt, hosted by the BESO organization on campus, will follow up to keep the festivities going.
“There will be food, music, refreshments, face painting, piñatas, bouncy houses, games, prizes as well as pictures with the Easter Bunny” said Longoria, “I hope this event turns out to be amazing and memorable for the families.”
To know more information about the 5K Confetti Run or interested in signing up, you may visit www.ollusa.edu/5k. Faculty, students, and staff pay only $15.00 but must use a promo code to obtain the discount. To receive a promo code, please email Liz Longoria, University Events Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.