The inaugural running of the 5K race “FoRUNsics” is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at Pullman Square with proceeds supporting a scholarship for Marshall University forensic science graduate students.
Students in the Forensic Science Graduate Program recently established the university’s chapter of Delta Delta Epsilon, a forensic science honor society. Proceeds from the event will help establish a scholarship fund to benefit forensic science graduate students in the honor society. Membership includes forensic science graduate students and professionals.
The race will begin at Pullman Square, continue down 3rd Avenue, turn left at 7th Street, turn left at 5th Avenue, up 5th Avenue, turn left at 20th Street (between the Marshall Recreation Center and Joan C. Edwards Stadium), turn left at 3rd Avenue and finish at Pullman Square.
Participants may register for the event at Tristateracer.com for $20, or register on the day of the event for the same rate. Participants who register by April 29 are guaranteed a t-shirt. Race day registration and check-in begin at 7 a.m. at the Pullman Square stage.
A moment of silence will be observed just prior to the race in memory of those directly affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. Commemorative ribbons will be distributed to race participants, volunteers and spectators.
Winners will be crowned in the following age group categories: 12 and under, 13-17, 18-24, 25-39, 40-54, 55-69, and 70 and over. The overall top three male and top three female runners will receive medals. Additionally, the top male and top female from each age group will receive medals.
Katie Jacque, a collegiate member of Delta Delta Epsilon, said the chapter is conducting the event to promote forensic science in the community as well as to raise funds for the scholarship. At Pullman Square, booths will be set up to take “mug shot” photographs and to complete child identification kits. A kit will include a 10-print card, an area for physical description of the child, a bag for a DNA sample and safety tips. There will also be crime-scene-themed decorations and t-shirts, police-badge-style awards and a dollar raffle.
Forensic science graduate students in the Delta Delta Epsilon honor society are coordinating the event with the assistance of Forensic Science Graduate Program faculty and Forensic Science Center staff. The MU Police Department, Huntington Police Department and Cabell County Emergency Medical Services will provide assistance.
Donations for the scholarship fund may be sent to the Marshall University Forensic Science Center, Attention: Delta Delta Epsilon, 1401 Forensic Science Dr., Huntington, WV 25701. More information about the race and the forensic science honor society also may be found at www.marshall.edu/dde.