Are you brave, or perhaps zany, enough to traipse five kilometers around The University of Southern Mississippi campus wearing a red dress?
The Office of Student Activities sure hopes so. On Friday, Sept. 23 the university is encouraging men, women and children to participate in the first Red Dress Run, which serves as a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Pride Field with a welcome by Dr. Joe Paul, vice president for student affairs, followed by the 5K run at 6:30 p.m.
The Red Dress Run is just the beginning of a busy fundraising weekend on the Hattiesburg campus. At 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 Southern Miss will host its annual Heart Walk fundraiser.
“A commitment to community service is one of the hallmarks of the mission here at Southern Miss. We believe wholeheartedly in giving back,” said Audrey Charoglu, interim director of Union & Programs at Southern Miss. “These Red Dress Runs are held all over the country and have proven very successful in raising money and awareness for the American Heart Association. We thought it would be exciting to try one of those here.”
Awards will be presented to the fastest male and female in the race as well as male and female winners in age categories ranging from 12-under to 70-plus. Registration fees before Sept. 23 are $12 for general public; $10 for kids 12-under; Southern Miss students and members of the Pine Belt Pacers. Fees increase to $15 and $12 respectively on race day. Those who pre-register before Sept. 9 will be guaranteed a T-shirt.
For more information about the Red Dress Run and the annual Heart Walk event, call the Office of Student Activities at 601.266.4403.