By Alec Codman – Collegiate Staff
The second annual “FUNderwear Run” presented by Laughfest accomplished its two main goals this year by raising more money and by having a rise in participants.
Katie VanderMeer is the secretary of the Faculty Association and also a teacher of computer applications at Grand Rapids Community College.
“The GRCC Faculty Association sponsored a dozen runners this year and we are here to raise money for Gilda’s Club,” said VanderMeer.
The Gilda’s Club offers free emotional support to children, adults, families, and friends who have been affected by cancer. This year the faculty runners raised $1,350 for the cause.
The run wasn’t an ordinary 5K run because the main requirement was for the runners to wear their funniest underwear over their clothes. Last year was the first “FUNderwear Run” and there was a 30 percent increase in attendance this year.
The run started at 10 a.m., March 8, at the Bostwick Commons. Josh Brown a Grand Rapids native was the first runner to cross the finish line but he didn’t do it alone. Running along side him the whole time was his dog Remus, who was on a leash attached to Browns waist.
“It’s a really great time, really fun event, and its for a great cause,” said Event Director Doug Bostian.
Christina McElwee a professor at GRCC and a participant in the run has high hopes for next years event, “Raise more money, have fun, and promote health and wellness.”