USI students in the sport management program are busy planning the second annual USI Hearts on Fire 5K on Saturday, February 11, and the Tri-State Athletic Club March Madness 10K on Saturday, March 3.
The two road races will be held on USI’s campus beginning at 9 a.m. at the Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center. Registration is $25 and is available online or the day of the race. Both events include exciting activities surrounding the races including costume contests, children's fun runs, and a post-race funfest.
Sport management students are excited to present the Tri-State Athletic Club March Madness 10K, a pre-qualifier for the Boston Marathon, for the first time. Dr. Glenna Bower, chair and associate professor of physical education, said, “This is a huge opportunity for us. Our classes are really busy, but the hands-on experience is worth it.”
Planning the races is part of the curriculum for students in the sport management program and allows them to gain real-world experiences in sport event planning.
Robyn Scott, junior PR and Advertising major with a sport management minor, said, “While you can read about all of this in a textbook, it's so much more meaningful first-hand. The hands-on experience puts us ahead of many others because it usually takes an internship to get this kind of experience on your resume. We get it by completing our bachelor’s degrees.”
The sport management students have been planning the event since the summer of 2011 with proceeds benefiting the Sport Management Scholarship Fund. For more information about the races, visit their web sites at www.usi.edu/heartsonfire and www.usi.edu/marchmadness or contact Bower at 812/465-1265 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sarah Krampe, Marketing and Communications intern.
Photo Credit: USI Photography Services
74-year-old Genevieve Perry wore a handmade costume in last year's Hearts on Fire race.