ND Student Leaves Runners an Annual Legacy

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Run Forrest Run 5K/10K,  University of Notre Dame campus, South Library Quad and North Stadium entrance

 “We were excited to see the veteran from our inaugural Run Forrest Run 5/10K in 2015 move into his adaptive home last fall!”

NOTRE DAME, IN—Run for the real Lt. Dan at the Run Forrest Run 5K/10K event on Satuday, March 24 at Notre Dame. The 4th annual run marks race founder and ND senior Lauren McKee’s last year as race director. Lauren brought to event to ND her freshman year to support the Gary Sinise Foundation’s work on behalf of veterans, active military and first responders. Together with Notre Dame’s ROTC Service Groups AAS, TNS and ATLAS, Lauren has gifted the local run community with a spirited and meaningful event—attracting nearly 500 on-campus runners as well as virtual runners from 26 states. To date, the event has helped raise more than $35,000 for the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Course— This course of favorites passes Notre Dame’s iconic landmarks including the Golden Dome, “Stonehenge,” St. Mary’s Lake, Thomas A. Coleman Firehouse, Touchdown Jesus, and Notre Dame Stadium. Participants are invited to stay for a post-race celebration with hot dogs, pizza, awards and guest speaker from the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Awards— Top male/female overall finishers will receive a plaque and a $100 certificate to Fleet Feet Sport-Mishawaka. This year, both first and second-place winners will be presented with a Challenge Coin. There are 52 age group winners who will receive medals.

Guest Speaker— 2018’s honored guest is veteran USMC Cpl. Chad Watson (Ret) (ND MBA ’16.) who will be hand cycling the course. Chad was selected as a future Gary Sinise Foundation specially adapted Smart Home recipient. The home will accommodate his injuries. “We were excited to see the veteran from our inaugural Run Forrest Run 5/10K in 2015 move into his adaptive home last fall!” said Lauren.

Veterans, active military and first responders receive a 10 percent discount on registration.

And the just-as-good news? Notre Dame’s ROTC Service Groups AAS, TNS and ATLAS plan to continue Run Forrest Run next year. Whew!

RunForrestND.com

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