The first annual 5K M.A.D.D. Dash for the Beth Boudreaux Memorial Fund took place at Southeastern Louisiana University on Saturday, Nov. 20. Hundreds of people from all over Tangipahoa Parish and the Southeastern community came out to support the fundraiser. Registration began at 7 am and the race started at 8 am.
Participants were asked to line up and the start of the race was triggered by a bull horn. Each participant was given the option to run or walk to complete the route around campus. Volunteers were assigned designated points of the route to keep participants motivated and on the right track. Other volunteers stayed behind to help with any last minute registration information or refreshments.
Sara Hamilton, Southeastern sophomore and volunteer, was impressed with the participation. “We had a really great turnout! It was the first time we had the 5K and there were over 400 people registered! It was really cool to see everyone at the starting line and taking off, they looked like they were happy and ready to go.”
The race started and ended in Greek Village. Many of the Greek organizations had stations set up that provided donuts, bananas, juice and water. After the last participant finished the race, jambalaya was served to everyone who attended along with Menchies Frozen Yogurt.
“I’m so happy to be here to support not only my sorority, but all of the other sororities and the Greek community as a whole,” explained Aimee Dufreche, sophomore Phi Mu member.
“It was a lot of fun and i am happy to be out here,” said Kalyn Goetz, Southeastern student and participant. “It was hard, but i pushed myself, and it felt great!”
Mike Williams, a local musician, also supported the event by providing musical entertainment. Williams said he felt that it was important to support such a great cause.
The fundraiser brought in 555 registered participants and overall raised a total of $2,053.