Beta Alpha Psi runs for charity


The business fraternity Beta Alpha Psi is hosting its first 5K charity race on Sunday.

The route will allow participants to run through campus with a new chipping device that will track their time.

Chip Timing allows for a chip to be placed on the runner’s shoe. As they cross the starting line the chip will begin timing, and it will stop after they cross the finish line, said Cody Smith, graduate student of accountancy and the race’s organizer.

The profits from the race are going to the charities of Appalachia Service Project, which help less fortunate families in the central Appalachian mountains to rebuild homes and get them back on their feet, he said.

Another organization that is benefitting from the race is World Vision, which helps less fortunate families and children worldwide conquer poverty, Smith said.

Smith hopes runners appreciate the support and the scenery as they run.

“We have 70 volunteers that will cheer you on along the course,” Smith said.

Junior accountancy major Kortney Wollert already registered for the race and is now preparing herself to run the three-mile course.

She said she decided to run since the race was on campus, and the money is going to charity.

“I am always willing to help others out, and I am very supportive of helping out less fortunate families,” Wollert said. “It was a good feeling to know that the money from the race was going for a good cause.”

Smith said he began planning for the race in early January and has been working on the event ever since.

“I’m really excited that all of this hard work will pay off,” Smith said.

The race begins at 9 a.m., and runners will meet by the corner of Lucinda Avenue and Kishwaukee Drive. A prize of $75 will be awarded to the top finisher of the race, and the top female and male from each age category will also be rewarded.

Runners can find out more information and still register this weekend by visiting on race day from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.