Sorority plans 5K for breast cancer awareness


“Keep calm and run on.”

Those are the words that will be on the shirts handed out at the first annual Pink Out 5K hosted by Zeta Tau Alpha. Vice President of Programming Kendra Clark suggests that all participants wear their shirts during the run.

“We are going to be throwing pink powder into the air, similar to the Color Run,” Clark said. “I just want to get covered in the pink powder. It’s going to be a good time.”

The 5K will begin at 9 a.m. on April 21 at the Baldwin City Golf Course. All proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to celebrate breast cancer survivors and to honor those still fighting the disease.

The run is in place of the usual kickball tournament hosted by the sorority. Director of Philanthropy Milan Piva expects attendance to double with the change of events.

“The 5K gives individuals a chance to participate while kickball made groups mandatory,” Piva said. “This is an easy way to hang out with friends, plus everyone gets a participation award.”

In addition to a participation award, there will also be a “most pinked out award” for the runner that shows up decked out in the most pink. Panera bagels and goodie bags will also be given out.

Pink Out is their second biggest philanthropic event, only behind Think Pink Week in October. Clark says that Zeta Tau Alpha “wants to give a little back each semester.”

“Our biggest thing is just spreading the word,” Piva said, adding to Clark’s point. “A lot of lives are affected by breast cancer. We teach how to do self-checks, which might save a life.”

Both Clark and Piva understand that rounding up college students to pay $30 to participate in a 5K is hard, but they appreciate the people that can help.

“It’s more support for our chapter than for the foundation,” Piva said. “We have a lot of support in our community and that speaks a lot of the Baker campus. All of your endeavors as a BU student get noticed and are supported by other students, staff and community members. It’s a great support system.”

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