WWU promotes health, wellness with sixth annual 5k

Woods Way 5K logoLace up those running shoes or slip on your walking shoes. The sixth annual Woods Way 5k is set for Saturday, April 11.

Hosted by William Woods University’s wellness committee, HEALTHhunt, the event is intended to promote health and wellness for the campus community and beyond. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. in front of the McNutt Campus Center. The 5k will start at 9.

Chemistry professor Joe Kyger races toward the finish line.
Chemistry professor Joe Kyger races toward the finish line.

Planned for both runners and walkers, the 5k allows participants to choose to be timed or untimed. An awards

Winner of the women’s division in 2014, Sarah McRae, races on ahead of other runners.
Winner of the women’s division in 2014, Sarah McRae, races on ahead of other runners.

ceremony will follow the race, and the top three male and female finishers will receive medals.

The event is family-friendly, so strollers and dogs will be permitted. Those under 12 will be free, but must be accompanied by an adult.  The registration fee is $4 for William Woods students and $10 for everyone else.

The Woods Way 5k coincides with Woods 101, an event for new students coming to William Woods in the fall. Students registered for Woods 101 can participate in the 5k for $5.

“This year we decided to have the Woods Way 5K during Woods 101 to help promote the campus wellness program,

Families enjoy the beautiful day during walking portion of the 5K in 2014.
Families enjoy the beautiful day during walking portion of the 5K in 2014.

as well as get the prospective students involved in the William Woods community,” senior Benjamin Struemph of Jefferson City, Missouri, said.

Struemph is in charge of planning the Woods Way 5K as an internship for his exercise science major.

Free t-shirts will be given to the first 75 registrants. To be guaranteed a shirt, send an email to bjstruemph@owls.williamwoods.edu requesting a registration form.