A rainy day 5K for Eve

A “run-down” of the Eve Carson Memorial 5K for Education

Hurricane Joaquin and chilly temperatures couldn’t stop runners from participating in one of the most popular Greek philanthropy events of the year – the 8th Annual Eve Carson Memorial 5K for Education.

More than 1,000 people came out to honor the legacy of our former student body president, Eve Carson. Last year’s race brought in $116,000, but with the help of Phi Delta Theta and Pi Beta Phi, organizers hope to raise even more money this year. The funds will be donated to the Eve Marie Carson Memorial Junior Year Merit Scholarship, the Pi Beta Phi Literacy Fund and CEO 4 Teens.

As the runners huffed and puffed across the finish line, we asked them about this morning’s rainy run.

Among the members of the Greek community who were working the event were Phi Delta Theta members Reid Farber, Chase Fowler and Louis Stephens. When asked why he wasn’t participating, Farber said: “I’m not running this morning because I have to volunteer and make sure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes with registration.”

The first men to cross the finish line through the torrential downpour were Noah Winstead, JP Hussey, Mike Alleyne and Yonel Admasu.

The first woman to cross the finish line was Cara Gaudioso, who said her favorite part of the race was the hills because it kept her from getting bored.

When asked what her breakfast of champions was, she laughed and said: “I had a banana and peanut butter for breakfast, but I didn’t know I was going to be running in this race until this morning, so I had an entire pint of ice cream last night.”

Clearly her dessert session the night prior to the 5K had no effect on her ability to perform.

Finishing just ahead of Gaudioso was senior Jack Whitson, who bragged: “I just barely beat the fastest girl, so that was good.”

After the race, Whitson had plans to “hit up the steam room” with fellow fraternity brother Elwyn Bridges. Elwyn’s preparations for the race included “water for breakfast,” and his favorite part of the race was the rain, even though we have a hard time believing that one.

Best friends Lindsey Brady and Maggie Apple crossed the finish line together with big smiles on their faces. The two agreed the best part of the race was all of the people on the sidelines cheering them on as they trekked through the countless puddles. They plan on coming back next year to run, rain or shine.

Barely making it to the race on time was senior Edwin Borden, who reportedly woke up at 8:30am, only 30 minutes before the start of the event. Even though he didn’t have time to fuel up on any breakfast before the race, his post-5K plans were to “relax and drink a beer.”

Finally, the crowd favorite’s outfit went to senior Nate Cole, who donned this baby t-shirt from “The Hangover.” Supporters buzzed about his shirt as he crossed the finish line, chanting jokes at him about the movie.

Thanks to the hard work of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and the ladies of Pi Beta Phi, this year’s 5k was a huge success.

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