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Women Engineers host 5k race

| Thursday, October 30, 2014

Notre Dame’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will hold their annual Trick-or-SWEet 5K on Thursday evening to raise money for the Best Buddies organization.

Sophomore Michelle Galarneau said she and sophomore Yomara Acevedo started to plan the Halloween-themed race during the past summer. Galarneau is SWE’s outreach director and Acevedo is the chair of the Trick-or-SWEet Run.

“SWE hosts this race around Halloween because it’s always such a fun time of the year,” Galarneau said. “People wear costumes and we hand out Halloween candy and apples. It’s a great fall event here at Notre Dame.”

Acevedo, a participant in the race last year, said the event was both enjoyable and rewarding.

“It was one of my first 5Ks,” Acevedo said. “I had a lot of fun and saw some pretty crazy costumes.

“Trick-or-SWEet is a great way for us to simultaneously promote health, engineering and the Best Buddies, which is a great cause.”

The race, which consists of a course running across campus, will kick off at 6 p.m. outside of Cushing Hall. Participants are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes. At the finish line, runners can receive a t-shirt, an apple and a Halloween treat. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest male and female runners and the runner with the best costume. A $10 entry fee will support the Best Buddies organization and the annual event SWE hosts for the charity.

“We host an event for the Best Buddies later on in the year,” Galarneau said. “We bring some of the kids to campus and do some engineering activities with them. Some of the proceeds from Trick-or-SWEet fund this, and some are donated directly to the organization.”

According to the Notre Dame chapter’s website, Best Buddies is a non-profit organization that pairs people with intellectual disabilities with Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students to provide opportunities for individual friendships and integrated employment.

“We get to integrate engineering with helping the community,” Galarneau said. “It fits right in with the Notre Dame mentality to use the things we learn for a good purpose.”

Runners can register for the race on the link posted to Trick-or-SWEet Run Facebook event.

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