By Joe Petrizzo
Lace up those sneakers because Rider Runners is hosting the 4th Annual Run Over Violence 5k this Saturday. Registration and networking begins at 9 a.m. in front of the Student Recreation Center (SRC) and the Run begins at 10. There is also a one mile fun walk starting shortly afterwards. Anybody wishing to volunteer should arrive in front of the SRC at 8 a.m. for setup.
All donations go directly to Womanspace – a Trenton area not-for-profit agency that helps victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Since opening in 1977, Womanspace has served over 290,000 adults and children. During the Run’s first year, 20 people participated raising $150. The next year, after the Rider Runners doubled the planning time, the Run saw 45 participants and raised $930. Last year after eight months of planning, donation reached $3,900 from over 150 people. This year the event’s chair, Junior Louis Chebetar, hopes to exceed last year’s total.
“So far we have raised $2,400,” said Chebetar. “We are hoping to reach the $5,000 mark. We have 60 participants so far, but we are hoping for 200. This year we put the whole year into making this happen.”
Community Outreach Chair Senior Stephanie Cupo worked with local companies as well as other organizations at Rider to sponsor the event. Cupo is an avid runner and says that volunteering is very important to her.
“It’s one of my personal values,” she said. “So being able to combine volunteering and running is something I really appreciate.”
The Run also strikes a special chord in the heart of Senior Sara Steinmetz who is the Registration Chair for the event.
“Working on the Run Over Violence 5k is very rewarding,” she said. “It’s also very sentimental because I was a victim when I was growing up.”
Chebetar notes the importance this event has on the Rider Community.
“We bring the whole campus together.”