ESU Scholarship Run set for May 9

May 7, 2013

Now’s the time to dig out those running shoes from the back of your closet and get ready to raise scholarship money at Emporia State University. The annual Emporia State Empowering Scholars Run/Walk in memory of John Blaufuss is coming up Thursday, May 9, on the Emporia State campus.

Runners and walkers will gather in front of William Allen White Library for a 6 p.m. start. Participants have their choice of a five kilometer run or a two mile walk over meandering courses through the campus before winding up at the finish line back in front of Plumb Hall.

Activities including an inflatable obstacle course, beanbag toss, washers and other yard games will be there to enjoy before the race begins. Another event has been added to the run/walk to raise more money for scholarships. The Classified Assembly will be cooking hotdogs and brats to sell at the event that evening. They will be available hot off the grill beginning at 5 p.m. Make it a meal with chips, a drink and dessert item for $3.50.

Now in its ninth year, the event is held in the memory of John Blaufuss, former Emporia State controller. A dedicated runner, Blaufuss was killed while jogging in 2005. His dedication, both to running and to garnering support for the university, is symbolized in the run/walk event.

To preregister and view course maps, navigate to

Participants may also register at the Sauder Alumni Center during business hours, or at the event beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. Event T-shirts will also be available in limited quantities.

Following the race, medals will be presented to the top three runners in different age categories — 25 and under, 26-39 and 40 and above. Members of the Blaufuss family will also award five $100 scholarships following the race. The fastest male and female runners who are enrolled to attend Emporia State in the fall will each receive a $100 scholarship award. Three $100 scholarship awards will also be given from a drawing of entries at the event.

All proceeds from the event go to the Empowering ESU Scholars Fund, which is the No. 1 tool used in recruiting and retaining the best and brightest students at Emporia State.

For more information on the event, contact Mike Wise, director of recreation services, 341-5952 or email



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