3rd annual Jack-O-Lantern jog raises funds for Team Jack Foundation

3rd annual Jack-O-Lantern jog raises funds for Team Jack Foundation

Thursday, October 16, 2014

More than 400 people showed up for the third annual Jack-O-Lantern jog Wednesday evening. Students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln were encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes. Among those costumes were Indiana Jones, a banana, fairies, a penguin and a panda wearing a tutu.

“It’s really fun because a lot of 5Ks take place during the day or in the morning,” said Kathleen Loach, a junior advertising and public relations and psychology major.

Loach is also part of Omicron Delta Kappa, which co-hosted the fundraising event with the Mortar Board.

“It’s something different and a lot of organizations don’t offer this kind of event at this time. It’s different, fun, and people really seem to enjoy it,” she said.

The night began with an air of excitement. Students entered the Nebraska Union greenspace at 7 p.m. where they picked up their T-shirts and glow sticks. Forty-five minutes later, the a capella group Bathtub Dogs performed three songs to help pump up the crowd. Raffle prizes were also awarded, including a Raising Cane’s gift basket, Sun Tan City gift cards and Husker football tickets.

A first time 5K runner Laura Linder, a sophomore music major, was convinced to attend the race by her roommate. “We’ve been changing our ideas of what we are,” Linder said, glancing down at her dress. “I think right now we’re dolls.”

The 5K run donates all proceeds to the Team Jack Foundation. The foundation, named after Jack Hoffman, raises money to help fund pediatric brain tumor research. Wednesday night’s event was expected to bring in more than $4,000 for the cause.

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