By Alison Houghton
It was 8 a.m. on a Saturday, but 100 college students were suited up and ready for Rider’s first 5K Color Run.
Sponsored by the Rider National Panhellenic Council (NPC), the Nov. 1 event started with a lap around the Rider track, then continued on a scenic course that twisted through the back end of campus.
Many members of Greek Life participated and volunteered at the 5K, and many Rider students signed up to run as well. Lawrence residents and The College of New Jersey students also showed up to support the Rider community.
“It was great seeing so many people from not just Greek Life or Rider, but our local community come out and support us,” said junior business education major Alexis Esposito.
As the course wove behind the baseball and softball fields, and eventually back behind auxiliary services and storages, volunteers threw colored powder, ranging from hot pink to orange, at runners every quarter mile.
“My favorite part was getting splashed with the different colors,” said senior business administration major Ashley Solon.
Over 100 runners donated the entry fee, which raised $3,325 for the NPC’s philanthropy, Circle of Sisterhood, a non-profit organization devoted to breaking down education barriers for women all over the globe.
Rider’s NPC adopted Circle of Sisterhood as its new campus-wide philanthropy for all the sororities on campus last Spring, and the sisters could not be happier to be supporting their new cause.
“It was wonderful to help support Circle of Sisterhood,” Esposito said. “So many members of different sororities across campus came out, and it was just so wonderful to see.”
After this year’s success, Rider’s NPC is hoping to make the Color Run a tradition.
Printed in the 11/4/15 edition.