Eve Carson Memorial 5k

On Saturday Morning I ran in the The 7th Annual Eve Carson Memorial 5k for Education!

This 5k is my favorite of the Greek races (run by sororities and fraternities).  The Eve Carson Memorial 5K for Education honors the legacy, leadership and community service that former UNC student body president Eve Carson left after her life was tragically cut short. Sadly this happened just the year before I attended UNC for undergrad. Eve was kidnapped and killed on the morning of March 5, 2008 at UNC Chapel Hill. This tragedy was the heartbreak heard around campus, and far beyond Chapel Hill’s Carolina Blue boundaries. Carson was a beloved Tar Heel who possessed a passion for the University and its students. Every year the UNC student body holds a string of events in her memory and honor, including but not limited to this special 5k race!

In its inaugural year, the event became the largest 5K in Chapel Hill history, and has since grown each year, with more than 18,000 registered runners and over $58,000 raised in 2013. Proceeds from this year’s race benefit the Eve Carson Memorial Scholarship, Pi Beta Phi Literacy Fund, and CEO 4 Teens. The numbers for this year haven’t been published yet, but I am pretty confident we broke last years numbers!

This 5k is also incredibly special to me because it was the first 5k I ever ran. It was this race, my freshman year of college, that incited my love of running. It lead me to sign up for 10ks, 10 milers and half-marathons in the year to come!  I have run in this race every year since then, always thinking back to my first 5k and reminiscing over my freshman year at UNC.

Before the race, the participants were serenaded by Chapel Hill’s oldest and beloved all male Acapella group the Clef Hangers .

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I found two of my great friends Sarah and Allison to run!

In the line up for the start

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We had a great turnout!

Everyone is lined up here for the start.

I know I can run three (point one) miles on my own anytime, and many don’t want to pay the money to participate in 5k races. I completely understand that, and am also trying to save money myself. I have to say, that an occasional 5k race is definitely worth the investment.

For those who have never participated in one, a 5k typically costs $20-$25.  You usually receive a t-shirt  for the race  and a race bag with coupons for restaurants around the area,  free water bottles, snacks and small goodies etc. The most valuable part of a 5k race part for me, is finishing that long stretch at the end of the race, with people cheering you on, on both sides of the finish line. I also really enjoy the satisfaction of participating in something bigger than me in the spirit of physical activity. It feels like a running party! This event brings a lot of people together for an amazing cause.  I  haven't received my time chip finish yet, but I think I was a little over 22 minutes. Not bad!

The finish line in the Main Quad

Allison was pretty happy after the race :)

I hope you all had a fun Saturday! Signing off with a quote from Eve

“I love UNC. I love the quad in the spring and the arboretum in the fall. I love the Pit on a sunny day and Graham Memorial Lounge on a rainy one. I love Roy [Williams] all the time. But what makes UNC truly special is not our beautiful campus, our distinguished reputation or even our basketball team. It’s us—the student body—who make UNC what it is.”