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Columns by Ernie W. Webb III

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The Fun Run
2011 Fun Run winner Aaron Corn

The Alumni Association's annual Fun Run and Campus Walk raises thousands of dollars for our scholarship fund, which resulted in 71 scholarships in 2013-14.

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Fall 2013 magazine cover

Among the recipients of a scholarship for 2013-14 were Lucy and Sam Hesse, the daughter and son of an alumnus and attendee. They were profiled in the Fall 2013 magazine.

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Webb: More than a good cause

 Gayle Smith races past Ernie Webb at the finish line of the 2012 Fun Run

By Ernie W. Webb III

Some, like Aaron Corn, finish with a fist raised to the sky. Others, like Washburn President Jerry Farley, coast as if they’ve been running for years (he has). One averaged less than 10 minutes a mile despite wearing a tutu (I know this because she passed me in the final 100 yards).

A few, like myself, frantically search for the oxygen tanks and water as we laboriously approach the finish line.

But we all have one thing in common – we’re running for a good cause.

Short, tall, fast, slow, young and, um, seasoned, we’re competing in the Fun Run and Campus Walk to support the Alumni Association’s scholarship fund.

“The Fun Run has become a great tradition for the Alumni Association as a means of supporting our students,” said Farley, a runner for more than 40 years. “The great thing about running is that you don’t have to be an athlete. I find running to be relaxing, reinvigorating and rewarding.”

For many, the Alumni Association’s annual 5K is extremely rewarding. Through the years, hundreds of students have been rewarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships. For the 2013-14 academic year, the Alumni Association awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships to 71 legacy students.

“We’re thrilled to be able to assist so many of our students,” said Susie Hoffmann, director, Alumni Association. “Our Fun Run and Campus Walk is one of many examples of the tremendous support we have from our alumni.”

The event also is rewarding for those participating.

The 2011 Fun Run was my first 5K and a milestone I’d been working toward for nearly two years during a fitness overhaul.

Twenty-two months after weighing more than 300 pounds and struggling to run 100 yards, I completed the three-mile route in about 33 minutes without stopping or walking.

A year later, at 195 pounds, I just missed my goal of 30 minutes by a few seconds (I knew I was in trouble when somebody in a tutu roared by on the final turn).

This year’s goal? Break 30 minutes. And finish ahead of the tutus.

2013 Fun Run and Campus Walk