After completing their first successful season as a varsity sport, the College Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams hosted a 24-Hour Run fundraising event alongside Southern Maryland Vacations for Vets that proved to be very succesful in raising money for both the teams and hospital-ridden war veterans.
Running in 30-minute shifts around the track 755 times for a total of 188.75 miles between 5 p.m. Apr. 9 and 5 p.m. Apr. 10, the team managed to raise $4,297, a total that includes $195 from a bake sale and $261.54 in “spare change” donations. The funds will be divided evenly between the cross-country teams and Vacations for Vets.
“The members of the Cross Country teams have earned some well deserved rest,” said Tom Fisher, Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center director and men’s and women’s cross country coach, in an email to the College community. “We look forward to possibly hosting a similar event next year.”
Flood lights were set up around the track by the Maintenance Department for night running, and Bon Appétit provided a deli platter, salads, breads and drinks for runners and volunteers on Saturday.