It's not every day you see Mario and Luigi, Bob the Builder and a Dragon running through the rain on the Centennial Trail.
On Saturday, Gonzaga students got in the Halloween spirit, put on costumes and participated in the inaugural 3K Costume Fun Run put on by the Rudolf Fitness Center. In doing so, they contributed to a good cause.
“I knew other schools in the past have done similar costume fun runs,” said Nash Thompson, an RFC student supervisor who organized the event “The RFC always does a trunk or treat event and I thought we could have the participants bring candy for that instead of having to pay for the event on IMLeagues”
Participants filled a bin with assorted bags of candy when they checked in for the race. This candy will be donated to the Catholic Charities Trunk or Treat event, which provides children a safe space to go trick or treating when they might not otherwise have access.
After participants were given numbers, they lined up on the Centennial Trail behind Luger Field, forming a bouquet of distinct costumes. Attire ranged from onesies to tutus and other wacky outfits.
Runners then took off down the Centennial Trail toward the Spokane Convention Center and completed the 1.77-mile loop back to the starting line on campus.
With the event's focus centered on fun and supporting the local community rather than race duration, participants finished in various times. Many were glad to warm up when they finished. Shortly before the race began, steady rain started to fall.
“We were trying to have a good time in the race, it was cold out here, but we ran hard and had a good time,” said sophomore Declan Scallen.
Scallen was part of the many tandem or group costumes that attendees put together, running with a squad dressed as Mario Bros. characters.
“My friends were looking for something fun we could do together, so we had Mario, Luigi, Peach and Waluigi,” Scallen said. “It was something we could do together and have a good time.”
T-shirts did serve as some incentive for the runners. The fastest male and female runners received a shirt, which went to Tanner Mendenhall and Mia Kline.
Participants who flexed their creative muscles were also rewarded with shirts for the best costumes. Preston Matossian’s dragon and Jaylee Kellar’s Bob the Builder outfits took home the crown.
“I think people had fun with it, because instead of having to be fast you can just have fun with it and maybe win a T-shirt,” Thompson said. “I think I liked the Bob the Builder costume the best.”
Attendance for the event was a success and the candy donated will be used to help kids in the local community.
“The participation was great honestly,” Thompson said. “We had 22 people run, which was more than the 5k we put on in the spring. ... This was a good turnout.”