Ferrum College to Host Colorful Fundraising 5K

Ferrum College, Franklin County YMCA to Host Colorful Fundraising 5K March 29

Put Cuffs On Cancer “Chalk It Up” 5K will benefit the American Cancer Society, the YMCA and the Ferrum College Criminal Justice Club.
Ferrum, Va. (Feb. 28, 2014) – Ferrum College and the Franklin County Family YMCA will host a colorful fundraising event, the Put Cuffs On Cancer “Chalk It Up” 5K, which will be held on campus Saturday, March 29, 2014. The run beginning at 12 PM will cover varied terrain including asphalt, concrete, gravel and grass. Event registration is $30 per runner. Ferrum College students may enter for $15 each. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society, the Franklin County YMCA and the College’s Criminal Justice Club.
Ferrum College student Logan Hodges, co-event director and organizer of last year’s Put Cuffs On Cancer 5K, has high hopes for the run, which is one of many special events planned during the College’s year-long Centennial Celebration. “To exemplify the College’s motto, ‘Not Self, But Others,’ we aim to double our charitable donation of $1,300 from last year’s race. It is amazing to see what the College and the community can achieve when they come together for a great cause.”
For this year’s new “Chalk It Up” 5K theme, participants are encouraged to wear white as they will be covered in a variety of colored powders as they run to produce fun and unique patterns on both themselves and their clothing. The colored “chalk” is really non-toxic cornstarch that is 100% safe for people and the environment. Costumes are encouraged and there will be an award presented to the most colorful runner. Though the run is for fun, overall male and female awards will also be presented.
“For years the Y has done many great races both at Rocky Mount and Smith Mountain Lake so we are going to build on that momentum and offer a really unique experience with this race. We are sure the community will come out to support this event because it is something fun and different for both participants and spectators,” said Ferrum YMCA Branch Director Chris Rill, the co-event director.
Early packet pick-up and race registration will take place March 28 from 2 to 6 PM at the Ferrum YMCA on campus. Race day registration tables and packet pick-up will be located at the Ferrum YMCA from 11 to 11:45 AM on Saturday, March 29. For more information and to register in advance online, visit www.ferrum.edu/5K.
About Ferrum College: Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor's degree programs, at a cost well below the national average for private colleges. The College celebrates its centennial during 2013-2014. For more information, visit www.ferrum.edu.


About the Franklin County Family YMCA: The Franklin County Family YMCA, a registered non-profit, plays an important part in Franklin County offering an array of services at its three facilities in Rocky Mount, Smith Mountain Lake and Ferrum, including child care, fitness, group exercise, swimming, tennis, pickle ball, racquetball and a variety of other community related activities. These services are related to its mission of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.