Tower Guard will be hosting its 23rd annual Shamrock 5K on March 25. A student-led organization, Tower Guard is a second-year honors group dedicated to serving the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, or RCPD, at MSU. The organization collaborates with the RCPD to help scribe for exams, create more accessible textbooks, hold one-on-one tutoring and build a more inclusive environment for all students.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and start at the MSU Auditorium. Those interested can register for the race through MSU Tower Guard's Linktree.
“Literally everyone is welcome to attend,” race coordinator and run chair SunYoung You said.
You said alumni, past participants, MSU students and local community members are some of the people she expects to see there.
She said the route takes runners to the Brody neighborhood, to the East neighborhood and back to the auditorium. Runners can either register online, or Tower Guard members will be there to register people on the day of the race.
You said that the Shamrock 5K is the biggest fundraiser Tower Guard has.
“RCPD needs money to make sure that our students have all the resources they need, as far as certain technology that needs to go towards scribing exams and things like that,” fellow race coordinator and run chair Mya Towne said. “That’s one of the things that the money goes towards, and then also scholarships for RCPD students.”
The funding will provide for assistive technology, audiovisual educational materials, leadership development and career readiness opportunities.
Towne said MSU Tower Guard typically raises between $15,000 and $23,000 for selected endowments. This year, the group is hoping to raise around $12,000.
When the last person crosses the finish line, the awards ceremony will take place and raffles will be drawn. Every participant gets entered in a raffle to win items from local businesses and sponsors.
“People just really enjoy it and it’s always beneficial towards RCPD,” Towne said.
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