KNOXVILLE — Those who enjoy the exhilarating feeling of bare feet on cool grass can raise money for charity by participating in the fourth annual Barefoot Benefit on Sunday, Oct. 27.
The 2 p.m. event will take place along the Tennessee River on Cherokee Boulevard in Sequoyah Hills, TN. Seven undergraduates in the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are organizing it as part of a service-learning course.
The benefit is a run or walk of either 5K, which is 3.1 miles, or 1 mile. Shoes are permitted but not required.
All proceeds from the event will go 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 is organizing the benefit, said he has high hopes for this year’s turnout. “The 2012 Barefoot Benefit welcomed 180 runners,” he said. “Our goal for 2013 is 250 runners and walkers.”
Cadotte says that the Barefoot Benefit allows students to break ties with the normal classroom setting and instead be challenged to create a hands-on learning experience. “The students’ mission is to bring the community together, both in support of Samaritan Place and to enjoy a beautiful day with friends and family,” said Cadotte.
In addition to the race, the event will include live entertainment, free food, and prizes.
Pilot Flying J, Hot 104.5, and WBIR are sponsoring the event.
Students involved in planning the Barefoot Benefit are excited to display their hard work.
“I have never been able to learn so much in such a short amount of time than I have with the Barefoot Benefit,” says Casey Fitzgerald, current CEO of the Barefoot Benefit executive team. “The class throws you head first into the real business world of negotiations, professionalism, and networking. Not only has it enabled me to make lasting friendships, but it has helped me grow both emotionally and as a business leader.”
To register before race day, visit https://www.raceit.com/Register/?event=23699
Race day registration opens at 12:30 p.m.
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.