Grundy Run raises funds for Special Olympics
HOUGHTON — The run from the Walker Arts Building on Michigan Technological University’s campus to the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity house on College Avenue takes about seven minutes.
When it is February, and you are running in your underwear, it may seem longer.
Sigma Tau Gamma made its 23rd annual Grundy Run Friday morning. The run raises money for Special Olympics.
“It’s a very dear philanthropy event to us,” said Kyle Hannah, a fourth-year mechanical engineering major.
This year’s run had raised about $4,400 of its $5,000 goal as of Friday afternoon, according to Sigma Tau’s page on Crowdchange, a crowdfunding site.
Donors could choose a design or phrase to be drawn on specific runners. They ranged from university catchphrases like “#tenacity” to specific jibes like “I could be my mom’s twin if I had long hair.”
The run drew curious onlookers on campus and supportive honks from drivers along College Avenue.
“I’m giving up Taco Bell,” one of the stragglers yelled to bystanders as he ran by the Administration building.
About 35 runners participated this year – mostly Sigma Taus, with a couple of friends of the houses joining in, Hannah said.
“It’s fun, especially when you get a big crowd on campus, running through them,” Hannah said. “It’s nothing something you get to do that often, run a mile in your underwear.”