A field of close to 300 runners took part in the first annual Bailey George Memorial 5K Walk/Run on Saturday morning at Angel Mounds.
An exciting start to the day saw the children in attendance run a 400-meter race on the final part of the main course. It was a unique opportunity for the youth to complete a shorter race.
Following that portion, the 5K run took place. Making this a unique event, those who took part moved at their own pace with some running, others walking, and some circling the course as a group, enjoying the chance to be on the same course that Bailey did less than a year ago.
Current and former members of the Purple Aces cross country squads ran the race in honor of their friend and teammate. University of Evansville president Tom Kazee along with several university and athletic staff members and coaches also ran in the event. At the finish line, each person was given a medal commemorating Bailey George.
Special thanks go out to the Purple Aces’ Women’s Soccer, Volleyball and Men’s Soccer teams for volunteering their time at the event. Purple Aces Club board members as well as athletic staff also worked the event.
All proceeds from the event benefited the Bailey George Scholarship, which will go to a student at UE who is battling or has battled cancer. Donations are still being accepted here.