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Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s sport administration club hosted Dash for Dallas Saturday at the Co-op Park.
The dash, a 5k trail run, was organized in memory of Dallas Miller, who was a member of the sport administration club. Miller passed away in a car accident Feb. 19.
“We decided to have this fundraiser so that Dallas’ memory can be kept alive on campus,” club treasurer Madison Torok (junior, sport administration) said. “He gave so much to this club, major and student body.”
Registration money for the dash and additional donations from faculty and staff helped the club raise approximately $1,900, which they plan to put toward a memorial on campus. When they total the final amount of last-minute donations, the club will be able to decide where to place the memorial.
“Our major is a very close knit group of people and the loss of Dallas affected each of us,” Torok said. “Being able to pull off this event and raise money in honor of him was exactly what he would of wanted: us having fun together.”
Even though the race was mostly uphill through the woods in Co-op Park, students of all ages and majors came together to honor Dallas.
“It’s the first 5k I’ve ever done and it was definitely worth it for a great cause,” sport administration club publicity officer Maria Bacco (junior, sport administration) said. “ I hope we do this every year.”
More than 75 participants attended the run to show their support for Miller.
“I was friends with Dallas,” Kristy Ennis (sophomore, psychology) said. “Anything in support of him I’ll do.”
The winning teams were: Stoop Kids, who won a $100 gift card to Twisted Jimmy’s; Wild Turkeys, who won a $75 gift card to Twisted Jimmy’s; and Chicken Nuggets, who won a $50 gift card to Twisted Jimmy’s.
The winning individual runners were: Doug Forlano, who won a $75 gift card for the Co-op Store; Kelly Welde, who won a $50 gift card for the Co-op Store; and Ali Buchanan, who won a $25 gift card for the Co-op Store.
Sara Schrider also won two tickets for a Pittsburgh Pirates game for being the muddiest participant.