March 18 2013 12:00 AM

MSU Homecoming Race raises funds for children's center

Thursday, Oct. 13 – On Sunday, dozens of Lansing locals and
revved-up Michigan State University students kick-start MSU’s homecoming week
with the Spartan Sprint 5k run and walk race.

But the story doesn’t end there. Ele’s
Place, a Lansing-based healing center for grieving children, will receive the
proceeds from the event, orchestrated by the MSU Residence Halls Association.

Many of the children involved with Ele’s
Place have either recently experienced the death of a close family member or
are still in the healing process following the diagnoses of a life-threatening
illness of a sibling or parent. “Money from the race will help us continue providing programs for the
children who need them the most,” said Ele’s Place event coordinator Tracey
Russman. “We provide the children
with peer groups where they can come weekly and meet other kids that are going
through the same situations.”

This week marks the first time the RHA has
selected Ele’s Place as a philanthropy project in conjunction with its annual
5k homecoming race, but it won’t be the only time they’ve held a fundraiser for
the center. “There’s lots of
events throughout the year that the RHA uses to benefit Ele’s Place,” Russman said. Last year, the Spartan Sprint proceeds
were given to Habitat For Humanity.

As of now the RHA has raised over $2,000
for the race, and is expecting to collect even more on Sunday. “We have over 123 people already
registered to attend this year, which is a great improvement from last year’s
25 attendees,” said Divya Badey, RHA’s director of health and safety.

Those who wish to compete in the event
can register with the RHA by paying $17 until the Saturday registration
deadline; after that, the entry fee costs $25. There will also be a free one-mile running course available
for children who would like to compete.

The race begins
at 10 a.m. behind the rock on Farm Lane and follows a scenic course through
MSU’s campus. Race participants can either walk or run. The first three males
and females to finish receive a medal, and all participants receive a race
T-shirt and water bottle.

For more information,
contact RHA at (517) 355-8285.