Because of this need, the East Tennessee State University Department of Physical Therapy is getting set to host its second annual Trot or Treat 3K Fun Run on Saturday to raise funds for physical therapy research. Proceeds from registration fees will go toward the Marquette Challenge, a nonprofit fundraiser supporting evidence-based physical therapy education and research.
“This is just one way that we can really see what helps patients and help others find out more research to help our future patients out,” Chase Coleman, a physical therapy student and president of the class of 2021, said. “It changes so much. If you do something you’ve been doing for the past 10 years, you’re probably doing something wrong, because we change so much, and we find out new things pretty much yearly.”
Participants in this Halloween-themed, family-friendly fun run are encouraged to dress in costumes. Students began the fundraiser in 2014 as the Zombie Run, but last year, they changed the name to “Trot or Treat” to make the event less scary for children.
Last year, Coleman said participants were able to raise about $1,000. This year, they hope to raise approximately $2,000.
Patricia King, chairwoman of the ETSU Department of Physical Therapy, said the event, which will be held at ETSU’s Tri-Hall Field, is “one of the key fundraising events that occur annually in support of the only national organization exclusively dedicated to physical therapy research.”
“We hope people in our region will come out and support them while having some Halloween-themed fun,” she said in an ETSU news release announcing the event.
Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. Parking is available in the two large lots on Stout Drive. From there, participants will go to ETSU’s Tri-Hall Field, located behind Governors, Centennial and Davis halls. The run will begin at 9.
Pre-registration is $20 for adults ($25 at the event), $15 for college students and children ages 10-18 and free for children 9 and younger. Online registration is now open at www.etsu.edu/crhs/physther.