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'Gobble Gallop' 5K run to raise funds for cancer causes

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sport Management Association will sponsor “Gobble Gallop,” its annual 5K race and fun run on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Strawberry Stadium.

     The event this year will raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of Kinesiology and Health Studies instructor Alice Gibson, who is being treated for cancer, and for the Relay for Life in honor of Devon Currie, a member of the Lions football team who is also fighting cancer.

     Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. at Strawberry Stadium. The fun run begins at 6 p.m.and consists of three laps around the track with the 5K race starting at 6:30 p.m. with participants running around the Southeastern campus and ending at the stadium.

     The entry fee is $15 for adults and $10 for Southeastern students, which includes a t-shirt on a first come, first served basis. The fun run entry fee is $10. Refreshments will be available following the races.  Registration forms and additional information are available from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies by calling 985-5492129 or by e-mailing

     Christina Merckx, assistant professor of kinesiology and health studies and faculty advisor to the Sport Management Association, said the student organization wanted to recognize Gibson and Currie for their fight against cancer.

     “Everyone knows someone whose lives have been impacted by cancer,” said Merckx. “Alice Gipson and Devon Currie are members of the Southeastern family who are both dealing courageously with this disease. We want to recognize their fight and support them in every way.”

     The event is co-sponsored with class members of Kinesiology 366, a sport management course that covers facility and event management. Other sponsors of the even include Centennial Wireless, Jambalaya and Company, Perfectly Fit, Cate Street Seafood Station, Louisiana Home Health, Wal-Mart, Sonic, La Carretta, Tope La, and Southeastern Athletics.

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