The Kirsten Wolcott Memorial 5k course travels around the sidewalks and streets of Southern Adventist University’s campus; paths once very familiar to the race’s namesake. This is the third year in which the event will be held to honor Wolcott, whose life was taken tragically while she taught as a student missionary at the Yap Adventist School in Micronesia.
Kirsten was a junior liberal arts education major and wanted to be a teacher someday. But like most college students, she had interests outside of the classroom. Stephen Arauz, senior liberal arts education major, was a close friend of Kirsten’s and was well aware of her affection for running. He even has one of her schedules – listing the races she planned to run – framed at his house.
November 18, 2011, marks two years since her passing.
The 5k originally started out in 2006 as a race for students taking a "Fitness For Life" class in the School of P.E., Health and Wellness. But because of Kirsten’s love for running, the name was changed as a means of remembering her life. Once that happened, registration opened up to help accommodate the wealth of people interested in honoring her.
Kirsten was a member of Southern Striders, the campus running group that meets on Friday and Sunday mornings at the steps in front of Wright Hall. Jessie Ewing, junior outdoor leadership major and current chaplain of the Striders, made shirts for her club to wear that commemorate Kirsten.
“Whether it is a 5k or a marathon, when we run it’s in honor of our friend Kirsten,” Jessie said.
The 3rd Annual Kirsten Wolcott Memorial 5k Run will take place December 2 at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Medals will be awarded to the top 18 male and female racers. To sign up or to receive additional information, visit the Hulsey Wellness Center or contact Bob Benge at 423.236.2855.