‘Run Like a Girl’ 5K slated for Saturday

By Taylor Woods

The Society of Women Engineers is back again for another annual race. At 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30, the “Run Like a Girl” 5K is taking place at the Integrated Engineering and Science Building (IESB) on Louisiana Tech’s campus. Prior to the beginning, there will be a warmup led by Camp Gladiator at 8 a.m. 

“The ‘Run Like a Girl’ 5K is one of the Society of Women Engineers’ biggest events that we put on throughout the year,” Grace Roberts, Society of Women Engineers Chairwoman, said. “It gives us the opportunity to give back and help our community.”

The 5K is used to help raise awareness of the importance of volunteering or considering pet adoption when looking for a family pet. For the first two races, the organization raised over $2,500 for the Northern Louisiana community and around $1,500 for 4 PAWS Rescue.

Having considered this, the SWE is ready for this Saturday and the turnout. The 5K is open to the community so all are welcome to show support and donate.

There is a $15 registration fee for the race and adding an additional t-shirt will cost an extra $15. Although, if guests wish to support without joining the race they can buy the t-shirt alone for $20 or donate however they would like.

Registration is done with this link: https://runsignup.com/Race/LA/Ruston/RunLikeaGirl5K2022.

If guests can’t register online there will be a day of race registration but the price will go up by $5 which will make it $20. In addition, guests are also welcome to bring their pets to walk for an extra $5.

“We will have some dogs from 4 PAWS that are ready to meet everyone the day of the race,” Roberts said. “All the dogs that will be attending Saturday will be ready to be adopted.”

After the race, there will be refreshments for all runners that include water and fruit. Furthermore, each participant will receive an official time from a timing chip, a commemorative medal, and trophies will be awarded to winners of the male and female runners.