Students looking to burn off some of the Halloween candy they’ve had and get some cardio in for charity at the 3K Costume Fun Run this Saturday at 11 a.m.

The Gonzaga community has the opportunity to participate in the 1.77-mile race, which will be the first event of its kind held at GU. The purpose is not only for students to have fun and get exercise, but to support local charities as well.

“The idea for the race was created by one of our student supervisors who wanted to do a ‘fun run’ as opposed to a structured 5k to support a local charity,” Robin Thompson, assistant director of the Rudolf Fitness Center, said in email. “We have done 5ks in the past, but nothing shorter than this distance or to support the local community.”

Registration for the event is free with a donation of candy. This candy will be used to help the Spokane community via donations to the annual Catholic Charities Trunk or Treat event.

“The RFC staff volunteers for this event by decorating cars and handing out candy to children who may not have another safe space to go trick or treating,” Thompson said.

Nash Thompson, the RFC student supervisor who organized the event, saw the lack of events happening in the fall. He wanted to host something that would give the GU community a chance to have fun and support local charity. 

“Other schools have done similar races in the past and we do a 5K in the spring at the RFC, so it just seemed like it would be something fun to do in the fall,” Nash said in an email. “It’s also a great way to support Catholic Charities with having people bring candy that will be donated to them for their Trunk or Treat event.”

All GU students, faculty and staff can register for the Fun Run from now until the race begins on Saturday. Registration is done through the IM Leagues website.

The course will begin and end at the bridge adjacent to the GU Law School and Luger Field. It loops up and down the Centennial Trail.

To connect with the Halloween season and spice up the event, participants are encouraged to wear costumes. For those seeking an intramural championship shirt, the race’s winner, as well as the participant with the best costume, will receive shirts.

Given the short distance of the event and the emphasis to run in unusual attire, the Fun Run is designed to be available to anyone who wants to get in the Halloween spirit, get some exercise and support the local community.

Trevor Bond is a staff writer.

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