UT students host barefoot 5K to raise money for the community

(Photo: The Barefoot Benefit/UT)
(Photo: The Barefoot Benefit/UT)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – University of Tennessee business students are hosting a 5K to use their knowledge outside of the classroom on Sunday.

Three classes of Haslam College of Business students are working together for the Barefoot Benefit. The event will raise money for Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s Samaritan Place. The organization provides emergency shelter for older adults.

“The students break ties with the normal classroom setting and instead are challenged to create a hands-on learning experience,” said UT Professor Ernie Cadotte. “Their mission is to bring the community together, both in support of Samaritan Place and to enjoy a beautiful day with friends and family.”

Attendees can wear shoes or go barefoot as they run through Sequoyah Hills Park. Also, the event will feature music, food, games and family activities. Attendees can win door prizes from Knoxville businesses including, Regal Cinemas.

“The Barefoot Benefit is going to be exhilarating,” said UT student Stephanie Yeap. “Although going barefoot is optional, running with bare feet on cool grass will surely be something to remember.”

Registration and activities will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the race begins at 2 p.m. Registration costs $30 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children between the ages of 6-13. Groups of 5 or more can receive a $5 discount per participant. To register, visit the event’s website.

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