As the warm weather comes to a close, one of MSU’s sororities is getting ready for its annual “Run for the Roses” event, which will happen Saturday, Oct. 13 outside of Montana Hall.
The sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII) was originally founded at Barnard College in New York City in 1897. Like other sororities and fraternities, they adopted a charitable organization as their National Philanthropy.
When they first started, AOII supported the Frontier Nursing Service, which brought essential health services to the poor in Appalachia. In 1967, however, they changed their National Philanthropy to help combat arthritis, the nation’s number one cause of disability, and since then have raised over $2 million for arthritis research.
For 18 years, the women of MSU’s AOII chapter have hosted this run in an effort to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. The event is one of the sorority’s two major fundraisers, and raises around $2,000 annually.
Each year, about 100 enthusiastic participants show up to run or walk one of three different distances. The standard 10k and 5k runs are accompanied by the group’s most popular course, the one-mile “fun run.”
All who participate in the event will receive a complimentary t-shirt commemorating the occasion.
In addition to the t-shirts, AOII will hand out prizes to the fastest man and woman of each race. Along with standard awards for race placement, the sorority will give prizes based on less-traditional accomplishments like “best dressed.”
The event attracts an eclectic group of individuals dressed in array of normal and eccentric clothing. Outfits tend to range from ‘80s workout gear to capes to normal running outfits fitted with sequins.
“It’s a good way to spend the morning before the game,” Roberta Kronebusch said, referring to the Bobcat football game happening later that day. Kronebusch, a member of AOII’s philanthropy committee, will participate in the event with her mother, who suffers from arthritis.
Anyone can sign up for the high-energy event for $20 by clicking here or signing up outside of Montana Hall at 8 a.m. the day of the race.