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Bulldog Benefit Blitz – 5K and one-mile fun run
The Bulldog Benefit Blitz, a 5K and one-mile fun run, is set for September 28 and will support McPherson College’s Toys For Tots toy drive. The event is open to all on campus and in the McPherson community.
Entry for the event is a new toy or a cash donation to the toy drive. The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. and the fun run will begin at 8:30 a.m. from McPherson College Stadium. Pre-registration is available online now through the McPherson College Student Life Facebook page or by calling the Student Affairs office at (620) 242-0508. Registration will also take place prior to the event beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Last year, McPherson College student, Junior Mendez, headed up the Toys for Tots toy drive just before Christmas. Mendez is a member of the Marine Corps Reserve and serves with a unit in Oklahoma City. He explained that the toy drive is an annual tradition for the Marine Corps Reserves.
“I thought there was a good response to the toy drive last year even though it was on a small scale and just for our campus,” Mendez said. “I wanted to step it up a little this year and do something that involved the college and the community.”
The first 200 participants in the event will receive a t-shirt, and Mendez is expecting some of the Marines from his unit in Oklahoma will run the 5K in full gear.
“We hope to get a good turnout for the run and collect a lots of toys,” Mendez said. “I would like to fill a truck bed with toys this year.”