Student Activities and Campus Recreation have added a new spring tradition to the TCU calendar, the TCU Glow Run 5K.
The first run will be on Monday at 9 p.m.
The goal is to promote physical activity and to bring awareness to the R U OK? campaign, said Jay Iorizzo, associate director of Campus Recreation.
Cortney Gumbleton, suicide prevention outreach coordinator for the Counseling and Mental Health Center, said the R U OK? campaign is a suicide awareness and prevention initiative to teach students how to recognize signs of suicide, how to ask questions and how to make students aware of the resources on campus.
The glow run is a great opportunity for students to relive stress during such a stressful time of the semester, Iorizzo said.
“Any type of escape to engage in physical activity is going to help reduce stress levels significantly,” he said.
Brad Thompson, Student Activities and the run’s marketing coordinator, wanted to plan something different for students to participate in.
“Instead of something like a concert, we wanted to do something more active and really different, something we’ve never done before, so we thought a glow run would be fun,” Thompson said.
The run will follow a figure eight pattern, starting in front of the BLUU, up the hill on Stadium Drive, around Worth Hills, back around the main parts of campus, then to the commons for the after party, Thompson said.
Thompson said that the Commons will be lit up with lasers and there will be a DJ,, different entertainers, attractions and free food.
Participants will receive a t-shirt and glow “swag,” but competitive runners will also receive a metal of completion and will be eligible for finish line prizes, Iorizzo said.
Students are being asked to register for the glow run online by following the link on the [email protected] or TCU Health and Wellness Facebook page, but students can also sign up at the event, Iorizzo said.