Volunteers from across UTC donated their time and efforts this year to help the Chattanooga Heroes Run/Walk raise $22,000, beating last year’s total by $7,000.
The money will go toward the construction of the Fallen Five Memorial, which is dedicated to the five Chattanooga servicemen who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on July 16, 2015.
The Heroes Run/Walk is organized by Erlanger’s Level One Trauma Center.
During the race, held July 15, UTC’s Campus Recreation Department operated its My Laps Timing device. Runners wore special equipment and, when they crossed the finish line, it automatically recorded their race time.
Two years ago, the Campus Recreation Department was awarded $10,000 from the UTC Opt Out funding initiative. The My Laps device was purchased “to help student groups coordinate races to raise money for a cause and get students involved,” says Lindsay Hyden, associate director for Campus Recreation. “We do not charge the Chattanooga Heroes Run to use our device or our services; it’s a total donation we do each year and adds to our partnership.”
More than 100 UTC volunteers came not only from Campus Recreation but also from the Cheer and Dance team, the Mocs football team, the School of Nursing and the Student Veterans Organization.
The Fallen Five Memorial will be built on the Riverwalk near the Navy Operational Support Center, the site where Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells and Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Randall Smith were killed.
For more information about the Heroes Run/Walk, visit www.chattanoogaheroesrun.com.