On Sunday, November 5, 2017, more than 1,000 people, including over 100 members of the Endicott community, raced, walked, or volunteered at the Pete Frates 5K: Run, Wheel, Walk 3 for #3 held at Lynch Park in Beverly to raise money and awareness for ALS as well as to support Pete’s Park.
The Community Service Office sponsored 75 students to participate this year, increasing from the 25 students that were sponsored last year and it is estimated that Endicott’s participation raised approximately $2,500. The students that signed up through the Community Service Office were able to make teams, running for their differing organizations.
Director of Community Service, Lauri Rawls, influenced and paved the way for Endicott student’s participation.
“I felt that the event last year went really well and students and staff who participated enjoyed not only the event itself but also that it was a great cause to be involved with. Having Frates Hall and the awareness about ALS, I felt our community was very aware of Pete’s story and more students would want to take part” she said.
While the Community Service Office sponsored the majority of students who participated, even more members of the EC community volunteered through their sport’s teams as well as by themselves.
The Student Nurses Association members, Biotech Society Club, members of the Women’s Tennis team, Men’s Baseball team, Women’s Lacrosse team, and additional staff/faculty and students all either participated in the actual event or were helping as pointers or with water stations.
Junior member of the Exercise Science Club, Angela Tucci, ran with other representatives of Exercise Science.
“I wanted to run this 5K because it was for a good cause and I like when the Endicott community gets involved with Beverly events” she said.
Rawls, who oversees all community services activity, says that the Pete Frates 5K is one of her favorite programs.
“We get a great turnout for some of our other programs but this is turning out to be a great community event each year as well. It really was a great day to be a Gull, and definitely a great feeling for myself and the Assistant Director. I am very proud of our little community” she said.
With student involvement increasing drastically from last year, Endicott’s participation in the Pete Frates 5K: Run, Wheel, Walk 3 for #3 is projected to have continuous support for years to come.