For ECU alumna and three time Road Race participant Missi Foster, this year’s edition of the Road Race was the best yet.
“I thought the event was very well organized and lots of fun! The running route was great and easy to follow for everyone,” said Foster. “The location was perfect and the date and weather for the event made for a beautiful spring morning.”
Current ECU student Alice Fratoni echoed a similar response
“It was my first time participating and I really enjoyed the event,” she said. “The colors, refreshments, Pee Dee, and encouragement as I was running made it really fun.”
The Pirate Alumni Road Race and Fun Run, which is in its ninth year, is held every April and helps provide scholarships for ECU students by giving all of its proceeds to the ECU Alumni Association scholarship program. With the help of Potash, Wells Fargo, and Coke this year’s edition exceeded expectations; raising well over $12,000 and having 460 people registered for the event.
Though the Road Race itself provided many memorable moments, it’s who the participants shared the moments with that made the race so special. Foster, who is an instructional coach at Belvoir elementary, decided to share the experience with her schools running club.
“Running with them this year was the best part! These kids have been part of the Belvoir running club since January and we have been running together after school every Monday,” she said. “None of these kids have ever experienced a 5k race, so they were excited!
“We had one student who was only three seconds away from placing in the “15 and under” category, he finished in fourth place.”
The ECU Alumni Association will be celebrating 10 years of the Road Race and Fun Run next April.
By Michael Avila