Hundreds of students, staff and faculty are expected to participate in the 7th annual Daffodil Run to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County on Sunday, April 30, beginning at Kendrick Park in Amherst.
The race begins promptly at 10 a.m., with 5k run/walk and 10k options.
Families and community members can participate in games such as tug-of-war and three-legged races, or try disc golf, hula hooping with Hoop Joy or corn hole. There will be a bounce house for the little ones, music, barbecue for race participants and more.
Runners and walkers may register on race day at Kendrick Park beginning at 8 a.m. Prizes will be award to the first, second and third place male and female runners as well as the top runner from each age category. Costumes are encouraged and creative costumes will also earn prizes.
Every year, many UMass runners and volunteers are members of UMass Amherst Greek Life, including representation from TKE, Pi Delta Psi, Theta Chi, and Delta Kappa Delta. The Sylvan Snack Bar team returns this year with a team of 15 runners.
Big Brothers Big Sisters develops friendships between mentors and mentees that are supported by professional case managers, giving children and families added support as they navigate challenges ranging from everyday growing pains to those challenges faced by immigrants, single-parent households or families in shelter, for example.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County helps 181 children annually, but nearly 160 children still await the opportunity to be matched with a mentor. With this year’s Daffodil Run, the organization hopes to raise funds to provide more support to youth in the community and to reduce the number of children waiting for a mentor.
For more information, click here or call Jen Loebel, 413/259-3346.