STUDENTS AND FRIENDS
GET A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY - 03/24/06
college students view Saturdays as a much needed day off, a chance to recover
from the week's activities. Still, almost 70 Trinity Christian College
students showed up at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, for Troll Trot,
a fundraising event for new cardio equipment for the fitness room in Alumni
Hall. Joining the students were faculty, staff, and community members.
The run began in the Alumni
Hall parking lot, traced its way through the surrounding neighborhood,
and ended on the Chicago Christian High School track. Ashley Youngsma,
one of event's coordinators, started of the race with a word of prayer
for the safety of the group. The race began at 9:35. Within twenty minutes,
the winner had reached the finish line. Charles Commeret '05 finished the
race in 19 minutes. He won a giant tub of pretzels and the respect of his
The Troll Trot 5 kilometer
(3.1 mile) race participants donated $15 dollars in exchange for entering
the race. Though all the money donated for the Troll Trot went to the new
fitness equipment, that wasn't the only reason that people participated
in the run. Many were interested in improving their own fitness.
Rick Scanlan, a member of
the College's maintenance department, said, "I started a fitness program
to help lower my weight and cholesterol. My goal for today is 30 minutes."
Several others agreed that
the run was a reason to get in better shape, including a few members of
the College's soccer and basketball teams.
The event coordinators plan
to make the Troll Trot an annual event. As Youngsma explained, "There will
always be something to raise money for, and it was really fun to put on.
The Troll Trot would be a great thing for students to have fun doing every