Local Berea College Alums Invited to Join President’s Run/Walk Club


Student Life staff participate in the first Collegium Run with President Lyle Roelofs.

With the arrival of spring comes the resumption of the President’s Run/Walk Club, which has been on hiatus from the end of last semester to after Spring Break.
The President’s Run/Walk Club is open to current active members and anyone new wanting to join us—including Berea College alumni who live in the area.  The group meets at 7:00 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays (weather permitting) at Seabury Circle, on the side of the building facing the Danforth Technology Building.

President's Run/Walk Club photo of runners

Lucio Ixcoy ‘17, Teri Thesing and Dr. Mary Robert Garrett during one of the President’s Run/Walk Club outings.

Everyone is welcome, whether interested in running or walking. Walkers, accompanied by First Lady Laurie Roelofs, tend to go about 2 miles (round trip to Middletown School), and runners, accompanied by President Roelofs, go about 4 miles (round trip to the Artisan Center), but anyone can return at any time. To go the full distance takes about 40 minutes.

The group goes no matter the weather, unless thunderstorms are predicted, but the track inside Seabury Center is a good alternative. Bananas and granola bars, provided by Sodexo dining services, are available at the conclusion of the run. A water station is available at the entrance to the Middletown School on warmer mornings, if the temperature is 70° or higher.

Alumni members who join the President’s Run/Walk Club soon can request club shirts—either a long-sleeved or short-sleeved version. The shirts are Kelly green.

Berea students with BCPRC T-shirts

Berea students and President’s Run/Walk Club members wearing their BCPRC T-shirts.

Group members get a notification by email the evening before each run complete with information about weather conditions. To be on that email list, contact Brianna Williams. She also puts the notifications on the group’s Facebook page: Presidential Running and Walking Club (BCPRC) – which alumni are welcome to join.

The President’s Run/Walk Club (BCPRC) began when President Roelofs came to Berea in 2012. He and First Lady Laurie Roelofs will run or walk with students and community members through the end of the spring semester.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.