On Saturday, February 11, Delaware Tech Terry Campus will hold the Fifth Annual Chocolate 5K Run/Walk to support the Terry Campus International Education Study Abroad Scholarship Program. The event begins with a Kiddie K at 9:50 AM, followed by a 5K run and walk at 10 AM.
“The event was created as a fundraiser to benefit the international education program with a specific focus on study abroad scholarships and the on-campus Global Understanding Series,” John Painter, Public Relations Manager of Delaware Technical and Community College, said. “When the idea of holding a 5K was initially discussed, there was strong sentiment to do something a little different than the traditional 5K event, leading to the decision to hold the event in winter. Early February was eventually selected with a chocolate theme due to the proximity to Valentine’s Day.”
Participants receive an event t-shirt, chip timing as well as post-race food and beverage. There are awards for the overall male and female champions, overall masters winner and top three in five-year age groups. For the first time this year, a prize will be presented to the largest competing team. Medals are also presented to Kiddie K participants.
“The Kiddie K is a free ‘fun run’ held just a few minutes prior to the adult race,” Mr. Painter explained. “It is only about 40 yards but the kids love it. It gets them involved in the day’s activities and they really enjoy racing against our Terry Hawk mascot.” Last year, the event raised $28,000 and had over 600 participants. Since the first year, participation in the event has grown steadily and even more participants are anticipated for this year.
After the race, participants and their supporters can warm up inside during the awards ceremony where they can indulge on homemade hot chocolate, freshly prepared chocolate ganache and decadent home-baked chocolate treats prepared by the Terry Campus culinary arts program. The campus community, including staff, faculty, student-athletes and students volunteer for the event each year. Those who wish to support the event but do not want to walk or run can register as a Silent Hero at go.dtcc.edu/Chocolate5K.
The International Study Abroad Scholarship Program funds multiple scholarships to help qualified students cover expenses for life-changing experience of studying abroad.
“The College’s study abroad program offers faculty-led experiences in which students take an on-campus class during the semester and then travel abroad as a group for an 8 to 10 day experience,” Mr. Painter said. “All courses are tied to a program of study or general education credits. This year’s study abroad destinations are Costa Rica, England, Guatemala, Ireland and Switzerland.”
Online registration is open at go.dtcc.edu/Chocolate5K and the entry fee is $25 until February 4 when the registration fee will rise to $30. Race day registration is available and begins at 9 AM. For more information, contact Mr. Painter at 302-857-1609 or firstname.lastname@example.org.