While COVID has altered and cancelled many events this semester, students, faculty, staff, alumnae, and friends were still able to trick and trot throughout October and November.
Held annually on campus, the Trick or Trot 5K race is sponsored by the Sports Sports Association (SSA) and the Nutrition Health, and Human Performance (NHHP) department. After determining that this year’s event would be offered as a virtual 5K, the NHHP Department collaborated with the Office of Alumnae Relations to promote and coordinate the event.
“This year we saw a very different race format. Because of COVID-19, we decided to offer this event virtually and the participation has grown more than we have ever seen in the past,” said SSA Vice President Brooklynn Flannigan, ‘21. “We were thrilled to see this and be able to generate donations for the Student Emergency Fund at Meredith College.”
Denise Parker of Alumnae Relations added, “This event was so well received! The alumnae appreciated the communication from the students in SSA confirming their registrations and organizing the mailing or pick up of the T-shirt.”
Between October 23 and November 8, more than 100 participants tracked their steps and completed a virtual 5K. In 12 years of this annual event, this was the largest number of participants. This year’s race included participants from around the country, including North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina, Colorado, Maryland, West Virginia, Texas, Indiana, and Georgia. Alumnae and students ranged in class years from Class of 1969 to the Class of 2024.
Participants saw the event as an opportunity to walk, run, and connect with family and friends. The event included participation from entire families, mother and daughter pairings, spouses as well as groups of roommates, suitemates, and classmates. There were even a few grandchildren and four legged family members that joined in on the fun! Collectively, this year’s participants in the Trick or Trot 5K walked or ran over 300 miles during the months of October and November.
All proceeds raised from this event have been donated to the Student Emergency Fund, managed by the Chaplain’s office.