UT Business Students Host Third Annual Barefoot 5K

BarefootBenefit_0707_smThose who enjoy the exhilarating feeling of bare feet on cool grass raised money for charity by participating in the third annual Barefoot Benefit on Sunday, Oct. 21.

The event took place on the fairways of Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville. Five undergraduates in the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, organized it as part of a service-learning course.

BarefootBenefit_0678_smThe benefit was a run or walk of either 5K, which is 3.1 miles, or one mile. Shoes were permitted but not required.

All proceeds from the event went to Samaritan Place, a Knoxville-area shelter specializing in the care of low-income senior citizens.

Ernie Cadotte, professor of the service-learning course that organized the benefit, was very pleased with the turnout.

BarefootBenefit_0576_sm“We had about 150 people – a significant increase over last year — come to enjoy the weather, the music, the games, the food, and the run/walk. It was a perfect day, and we raised several thousand dollars for Samaritan Place,” said Cadotte.

This year’s event featured live entertainment, free food, and prizes. Michael Whitesides, Karen Reynolds, Jared Henderson, Kudzu, the Josiah Atchley Band and Shake Ragg performed. Door prizes from local businesses were raffled off throughout the day.

Pilot Flying J, Petro’s and Earthfare sponsored the event.

Students involved in planning the Barefoot Benefit were excited to display their hard work.

“We believe that our team put together the best and most visionary Barefoot Benefit yet,” said Nicole Rammer, this year’s student event director.

For more information about the Barefoot Benefit, visit http://www.facebook.com/BarefootBenefit.

For more information about the College of Business Administration, visit http://www.bus.utk.edu.

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