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Students to Run for a Cause

Runners participate in the 2015 annual Formula 4Life 5K.

Photo credit: Seth Brattain

Runners participate in the 2015 annual Formula 4Life 5K.
Written by: Communicator StaffApril 07, 2017

With warm weather approaching, both IPFW and the University of Saint Francis are hosting events to race into the spring season.

IPFW is hosting its 22nd annual IPFW Mastodon Stomp April 9.

According to IPFW Coordinator of Fitness and Wellness Judy Tillapaugh, the Stomp is a favorite on campus.

The event attracts participants of all ages, including a large population of IPFW students, staff and alumni.

“You do not have to be a runner,” Tillapaugh said. “Anyone is welcome to participate.”

In addition to the featured 5K run and walk, there will be a 400-meter kid’s dash and 100-meter kid’s stomp for children under 14.

The Stomp begins at 2 p.m. from the IPFW Athletics Center and runs through the IPFW campus.

There will be awards for all different categories ,Tillapaugh said. There will be age group, student, faculty and alumni awards, and gifts will be given to all kid’s stomp and dash finishers.

Prior to the race, packet pickup and day-of registration will be from 12 to 2 p.m.

Participants can also register in advance at www.ipfw.edu/fitness or www.gomastodons.com.

The event is free for the first 50 IPFW students to register.

The cost for the 5K is $8 for students and $18 for the general public. The 100-meter and 400-meter kid’s events are $5 each.

All proceeds benefit the IPFW cross-country and track and field programs.

Just two weeks after the Mastodon Stomp, Saint Francis is hosting its ninth annual Formula 4Life 5K run/walk April 23.

“It will probably be the first time you see Catholic sisters run,” said Amy Obringer, the Formula 4Life faculty advisor.

Individuals of all ages and abilities come out to participate in the event, and all proceeds benefit the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage in Haiti.

The organization was founded after Courtney Palencia, a student from Saint Francis, went on a medical mission trip to San Juan, Dominican Republic, in 2007.

“People walked for miles and miles to come to the clinics, and the majority of the people had no previous health care,” Palencia said. “I witnessed a mother that was unable to feed her child.”

Upon her return, Palencia met with Obringer to discover what she could do to help, which is what lead her to starting Formula 4 Life.

They found the 5K is a unique event and has become their niche, Obringer said. The event also features a silent auction, light meal and progress updates on the orphans.

Each year the event raises about $12,000 and has been the primary funding of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage.

In addition to raising funds, a group of Saint Francis students and staff take a trip to the orphanage each year.

One of these students, Elle Rose, said after meeting the children she wanted to do everything she could for them.

“The best I can do is to try and raise money to build their homes and help pay the teachers to educate them,” Rose said.

“I believe Formula 4 Life is important because I live a very privileged life, and I have been given the opportunity to help a very vulnerable population,” said Jess MacLeod, a Saint Francis graduate.

Obringer said it is a great event for people who are looking to help, even if all they have is a single dollar.

The cost of the race is $15, which includes a complimentary T-shirt and various awards and prizes, but donations are accepted.

The race is timed, but the main focus is not on the competition but on the families and on supporting the orphanage Obringer said.