On Saturday, April 27, Cairn University hosted the Cairn Cares 5K: Helping Mothers Who Choose Life.
This year’s race took place on a windy day under sunny skies. A team of over 25 student and staff volunteers helped make the race an enjoyable experience for the over 80 runners who participated in the event.
The morning’s activities included a traditional 5K, a 1 mile fun run, and a Virtual 5K that allowed runners to raise money and run from anywhere in the world. The traditional 5K was a timed race, and the men’s and women’s cross country teams had a strong showing in the event; five of the six top finishers for the men’s and women’s timed 5Ks were Cairn cross country runners. Student-athletes Greg Snow, Trevor Hickey, and Cullen Henry finished as the top three male runners, and Anna Hamm and Julia Markey were the top two female runners. Rebecca Benjamin, adjunct faculty member in the School of Music, finished third.
The proceeds from the Cairn Cares 5K support the University’s New Horizons Scholarship Fund. New Horizons provides support to new mothers served by crisis pregnancy resource centers, who chose to give birth, even though their educational and career goals would be interrupted by unplanned pregnancy, delivery, and parenthood. The New Horizons Scholarship provides recipients with tuition aid in addition to academic support and a nurturing Christian community as they seek to renew and/or begin their pursuit of an undergraduate degree.
As Tammy Butler, senior advancement officer, explains, “The Cairn Cares 5K gives the community the opportunity to directly partner with crisis pregnancy centers and the women they serve. The New Horizons Scholarship Fund will not only change the lives of new mothers but, through the education and support they receive, the lives of future generations to come.”