Saturday, May 12, 2012
Manchester College class seeks
5K Run/Walk participants,
awareness for Don’t Text & Drive
A 5K Run/Walk to raise awareness for the “Don’t Text & Drive” campaign of Parkview Trauma Centers kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12 in Fox Island County Park in southwest Fort Wayne.
The event is a service learning project of students in the Principles of Marketing class at Manchester College, taught by Heather Twomey, associate professor of accounting.
Runners and walkers of any level or age can pre-register online, on the North Manchester campus or at Fox Island just before the event. The $20 fee includes a T-shirt, with net proceeds donated to Parkview’s “Don’t Text & Drive” campaign.
Texting while driving contributes to 1.6 million crashes each year that cause a half-million injuries and take 6,000 lives, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
“We at Parkview’s Don’t Text & Drive program are hoping many people will come out and show their support for this run/walk, and our community awareness campaign. Our staff at the Parkview Trauma Centers is passionate about getting this lifesaving message out,” said Lori Hunt, Parkview Trauma Prevention coordinator. “There is no text message worth putting your life, or someone else’s, in jeopardy.”
Participants can register online at Runrace.net under the “Find a Race” tab and scroll down to the “Manchester College Don’t Text and Drive 5K Run/Walk,” or register the day of the event at 9 a.m.
Manchester students also will register 5K Run/Walk entrants on the North Manchester campus, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 in the College Union.
Learn more about the “Don’t Text & Drive” campaign at www.donttextdrive.com or on Facebook at DontTextandDriveParkview.
Service learning is a tradition at Manchester College, where students volunteered more than 35,000 hours in the 2010-2011 school year. Learn more about Manchester College at www.manchester.edu.