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Wallace Southerland, Dean of Students at Michigan Tech University, celebrates after finishing past Associate Director of Student Leadership and Involvement Rochelle Spencer during Sunday’s Tau Trot. (photo Houghton Daily Mining Gazette)

HANCOCK — Two Greek organizations at Michigan Technological University kicked off spring with a run for two good causes on Sunday.

Phi Kappa Tau and Alpha Sigma Tau co-host the Tau Trot 5K, now in its fourth year.

“It’s a really cool event, it gets people moving, it gets people moving,” said Phi Kappa Tau Philanthropy Co-Chair Lucas Pobanz. “And it’s a good way to raise funds.”

Between registrations, donations and t-shirt sales, the event raised more than $2,500 this year, Pobanz said.

The money goes to charities. For Phi Kappa Tau, it’s SeriousFun Children’s Network, which provides camp experiences around the world for seriously ill children.

In keeping with the theme of running, Alpha Sigma Tau chose Girls On the Run, a program for girls in grades three through eight aimed at building emotional and physical health through running and various life skills programs. .

“One of their missions is at the end of their lineup to have the girls run a 5K to show physical accomplishment,” said Tessa Mlinar, Co-Chair of Alpha Sigma Tau Philanthropy.

This year there were 23 participants, about twice as many as last year, Mlinar said.

Planning for the race begins in February, when the two organizations’ philanthropy chairs meet to put up things like signage and gain city approval for the course.

“There is the stress of hoping that everything goes well, but I think it went very well,” said Madelyn Carey, Co-Chair of Alpha Sigma Tau Philanthropy.

A water and banana stand awaited runners and walkers at the Alpha Sigma Tau house. The first to cross was Willy Houser, a sophomore in chemical engineering, who finished in 20 minutes, 27 seconds.

“I love running, and my fraternity was setting that up, so I thought I might as well participate, and it’s for a good cause,” he said.

“I wanted to beat him” chipped freshman computer science student Noah Spence, who finished second with 21 minutes and 18 seconds.

In the women’s division, the first was Megan Clayton with 36 minutes 18 seconds, just ahead of Emily Calhoun with 36 minutes 20 seconds.

Even after the winners reached the finish line, some riders behind them kept the interest alive with photo-finishes. Phi Kappa Tau member Matt Sheeran, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student, ranked just ahead of his friend Jon Sturm, a fourth-year chemical engineering student. It was Sheeran’s first race since blowing out his knee a year ago.

“It was longer, and a bit chilly, but other than that it was pretty cool,” he said.

When Sturn heard about running from Sheeran, he liked the idea of ​​exercising and giving to charity.

“The Hills Killed Me” he said. “I miss a lot of practice, but it was fun.”

MTU Dean of Students Wallace Southerland earned his own mini-victory after beating Deputy Director of Student Leadership and Involvement Rochelle Spencer in the home stretch.

“It’s a great way to support students and be healthy,” he said. “And it’s for charity. There are therefore three important objectives that are achieved.

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