Homecoming 5K kicks off week of events in ‘Manhappiest place on Earth’

Members of the Manhattan community gathered to join in a Homecoming 5k. The walk/run race goes to support the Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan. (Abigail Compton| Collegian Media Group)

Sunday’s sunny morning held the perfect backdrop for the kickoff to Homecoming. The Homecoming Philanthropy 5k Run/Walk saw a large turnout from students and the community.

The run began at 10 a.m. The starting line, just outside the K-State Alumni Center, went through campus and ended in World War I Memorial Stadium, where food and water waited for participants. Volunteers held signs along the route to encourage runners. Funds raised by the event went to supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan.

Caylee Asebedo, first-time volunteer and freshman in mechanical engineering, said she enjoyed watching the run with her family.

“I definitely like seeing everyone work hard for a common cause, it’s really exciting,” Asebedo said. “There are just a lot of hard working people working for their organizations to finish.”

Alumni and students from Greek organizations made up a large percentage of the runners. Some ran in costumes, others were with their families and some brought their dogs along.

Ana Grother, senior in electrical engineering, has participated in the Homecoming Run since her freshman year.

“I have participated in runs every now and then,” Grother said. “But it’s kind of fun participating in community events.”

Planning the event began last semester. Machaela Madsen, junior in agricultural economics, was a part of the planning committee.

“We were split up in committees and the 5K committee has really taken charge,” Madsen said. “They helped find sponsors and organized food for after the event and to figure out the course and all that.”

Madsen said philanthropy events are important for the community.

“It groups the whole community and the students all together,” Madsen said. “And to support each other.”

For a list of other events during Homecoming, visit the K-State Alumni Association website.