On March 18th, Alpha Omicron Pi held Run for the Roses. Run for the Roses is an annual 5K color run that is put on in order to raise money for the Alpha Omicron Pi philanthropy, Juvenile Arthritis. For each person who registered, the event cost included the race, a t-shirt, lunch and of course a great experience!
The AOPis would quite hard to put on this event and it was amazing to see the results! It began with gathering local sponsors for the event such as Athens Running Company, Little Ice Cream Dude, and Jimmy Johns. On Wednesday before the race, members of the sorority stood outside Tate during classes and advertised the event in order to gather participants. Free coffee, cookies, and stickers were handed out!
Early on race day, AOPi members began setting up the color stations, hanging the banner, setting up the inflatable obstacle course, putting up the check-in stations and getting tables ready for lunch.
The race began at 11am, with a total of 721 registered runners and different awards given out for each age group. The event was at Sandy Creek Park, just outside of Athens so it was nice to have a local event that made it easier for people to participate.
Throughout the race there were about five color stations where girls were throwing color, and others that were directing runners throughout the course. After the race, people were hanging out, eating catered Jimmy Johns for lunch, and taking pictures covered in color. Overall it was a huge success! Shout out to Sophomore AOPi, Emily Bennett, and her committee for putting on such an amazing event for Juvenile Arthritis!