Dartmouth Student Aims to Honor Veterans with Annual 5K at UMass Dartmouth
Veterans Day is an emotional day for many people and their families as the country collectively honor military veterans and their courageous bravery. One Umass Dartmouth Senior is hoping to bring a meaningful celebration of veterans to his campus, and on Friday, November 11th, 21-year-old Cameron McAlpine will introduce the first “Run for Veterans 5K”, giving students and members of the community a chance to show their appreciation.
The Man Behind the Plan
Dartmouth native Cameron McAlpine is a senior at UMass Dartmouth studying Computer Science. He works in the Student Activities Involvement and Leadership office (SAIL) and coordinates campus activities. With his latest idea, McAlpine hopes to make a lasting impression.
“I just have so much respect for (veterans) and what they do,” he said. “They risk their lives for our country and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to give back.”
McAlpine is “shooting for the stars” and hopes to have around 500 participants.
“I’m looking for this to be an annual UMass Veterans Day event,” he said. “I think it would be cool if this was a staple every year. I’m hoping for a good turnout and a good time.
Friday, November 11th
8 am check-in, 9 am ceremony, and a 9:30 am start time.
285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth, MA 02747
Participants must register by 12 pm on November 10th. An entry fee for students (of any school) is $25 and $40 for everyone else. Funds from the event will go towards purchasing items for local veteran groups on the SouthCoast in connection with the UMass Dartmouth Student Veterans Association.
All runners will receive a custom bib, event t-shirt, and special gift.
Runners are asked to report to Parking Lot 13 on campus on the day of the race.
Register online, show support for local veterans, and help an ambitious student bring an annual event to UMass Dartmouth.