PictureParticipants after the race

When Ashley Louise Crouse’s life was tragically taken by a drunk driver, the IU community mourned her loss. Fast-forward nine years, and her spirit still strongly lives on through the work of IUDM. On April 12th, the anniversary of her heartbreaking accident, there was no better way to honor Ashley then to run or walk in remembrance for her, for Ryan and For the Kids.

The 2nd annual FT5K run/walk brought many IU students, Bloomington community members and even state wide participation to the red tailgating lot on Saturday morning. To help community members who were not aware of IUDM to understand the mission of the organization, the Ditz family was invited to speak the morning of the event. Their story, like many other families, highlighted how Riley Hospital for Children changed their lives.

A brand new course design, prizes and entertainment are a few examples of the changes that took place to make the FT5K a continuing and successful event. After the participants traveled down Fee Lane, up Jordan Avenue and down the Jordan extension, they were greeted at the finish line with ice-cold water, bagels, and fruit. Participants were then encouraged to watch some of the musically talented IUDM committee members perform on stage as well as help congratulate the top three male and top three female finishers as they received their prizes.

The unusually high temperatures and clear skies brightened the atmosphere to the already joyful attitudes of participants who ran and walked. With the FT5K being a stepping-stone for the marathon in the fall, it gave a clear indication into the organization’s drive to make this marathon the best one yet.

Written by Maddie Wojtalewicz