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Glow Run 5K helps students stay active during Jefferson Center closure

Jax Kelly

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With the opening of the new Robert Morris University Recreation and Fitness Center opening just around the corner, equipment needed to be moved from the current gym, Jefferson Center, to the new 40,000-square-foot facility. The Jefferson Center was closed for a week to move equipment and prepare for the opening of the new recreation center.

According to Vince Passerini, a senior at RMU and kettlebell instructor, “It’s important for students to be able to stay fit during the closure of the Jefferson Center.”

One of the numerous events held this week was the Glow Run 5K. The race started at the Nicholson Center Lawn and traveled around campus, from Massey Gardens to the Colonial Way Lot, to Joe Walton Stadium and back to Nicholson. Students were decked in neon clothes with glow sticks and face paint. Neon chalk lined the sidewalks, directing runners and offering encouragement for when the going got rough.

For runners, it was a great way to stay active during the closure.

“I usually go for runs by myself, but it’s so nice to get outside with other runners and have a little friendly competition,” said Mia Krolczyk, a freshman student.

“It’s so nice that the university thought to host events so we can keep up our regular routines,” said Madelyn Green, a freshman at RMU.

For others, it was a great way to get outside and enjoy the unseasonably warm weather Moon has been experiencing.

“I love having the opportunity to get outside and run with friends to savor the last moments of summer,” said Josh Horn, freshman RMU student.

An event of this magnitude certainly required a lot of volunteers to make sure it ran smoothly. Students from several organizations, including the Honors Program and Residence Hall Association, were asked to volunteer to help set up, tear down and hand out water and encouragement to runners.

“I like being able to spend time with friends and earn some SET credit while I’m at it,” said Haley Boyden, freshman actuarial science major.

Throughout the entire week, one thing was made clear: RMU students love getting outside and staying active.

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