ACU's men's social club to run to Arkansas to benefit Habitat for Humanity
For Immediate Release
March 8, 2001
Beginning Friday, March 9, 18 members of Abilene Christian University's men's social club Gamma Sigma Phi will begin a relay on foot from ACU to Harding University in Searcy, Ark., to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.
The club will start their run Friday on the steps of College of Biblical Studies building at ACU on Teague Boulevard. They will not stop running until they reach the steps of the McInteer Bible Building at Harding University.
The sendoff will take place on the steps in from of the College of Biblical Studies Rotunda on Teague Boulevard at 11:45 a.m.
This run is inspired by a Kinsmen event, the father club of Gamma Sigma Phi. They conducted a similar relay to Little Rock, Ark., 30 years ago. In 1971, 45 members of Kinsmen participated in the run.
Mauldin said the group today wanted to take the historical run and go a greater distance, and the logical destination east of Little Rock was Harding University.
The trip, more than 550 miles, will be run in a relay style with each runner completing a two-mile leg, then ride in a van until it is his turn again. explained Matt Mauldin, club member. Each runner will run three or four times per day.
At a projected pace of one mile every 10 minutes (6 mph), the trip is expected to take four days, Mauldin said. The group estimates arriving at Harding University Tuesday, March 13, around 9 a.m.
Club members are raising money through sponsorships of the run, and that money will be donated to Habitat for Humanity in Abilene. "We're also wanting to do something that will promote the legacy of Gamma Sigma Phi," Mauldin said.
The route follows state highways instead of the interstate. In Texas the route goes through Albany, Breckenridge, Mineral Wells, Weatherford, Springtown, Decatur, Denton, Princeton, Greenville, Talco, De Kalb and Texarkana. Then in Arkansas, the route goes through Hope, Arkadelphia, Malvern, Little Rock, Jacksonville and Searcy.
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