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Runners brave hail and rain for hole in the wall camps

Sage Schaff

Issue date: 11/12/10 Section: News
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Over 80 runners braved inclement weather conditions to participate in Phi Kappa Tau fraternity's 10th annual Phi K.
Over 80 runners braved inclement weather conditions to participate in Phi Kappa Tau fraternity's 10th annual Phi K.
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Despite the harsh freezing rain, 88 participants ran the 5K race and helped Case Western Reserve University's Phi Kappa Tau fraternity raise over $2600 for its charity, Hole in the Wall Camps, at the 10th annual Phi K this past Saturday, Nov. 6. The fraternity strategically places the Phi K on Family Weekend every year to attract as many runners as possible, most of whom were either students, relatives of students, or alumni. Graduate student Christopher Peverada won the race, setting a new course record with a time of 16:03. CWRU alumnus Jackie Goodrich was the women's winner with a time of 19:52.

Event co-chairs Steven Binzel, Josh Yeske, and Joe Herzig led the fraternity in planning this year's race. The current course encompasses much of the North side of campus and has been used for the past five years. Binzel joked that planners of the Homecoming 5K, first run in 2009, borrowed the fraternity's idea, because they use the same course

Most of the Phi K's planning is dedicated to fundraising. The fraternity uses those funds to buy race numbers, chalk for marking the course, and other various essentials. Each of this year's entrants received a raffle ticket for prizes in cluding: an iPod and gift cards to local restaurants. Yeske noted that local businesses like Chipotle and Rocky Mountain Chocolate also donated money for the event.

According to Binzel, Phi Kappa Tau decided to make its philanthropy event a 5K in 2000 because many brothers were on the cross country and track teams at the time. Binzel, a senior chemical engineering major, also shared the story behind Phi Kappa Tau's affiliation with Hole in the Wall Camps. Paul Newman, the founder of the Hole in the Wall Camps, was a Phi Kappa Tau brother during his college days at Ohio University. A portion of proceeds from Newman's popular food products also go to his foundation. The organization, founded in 1988, hosts week long camps for children aged 7-16 who have terminal illnesses. Hole in the Wall is viewed as highly beneficial for the children. "It provides them with a classic summer camp experience and gives them a chance to just be kids," Binzel said.
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