07 Jun Out For Blood Duathlon and 5k: Health and Awareness in the Community
The Out for Blood Duathlon and 5k has been an annual event for three years. The goals behind this race are to provide the community of Mount Pleasant, MI with a unique event to strive to be physically fit for, to encourage healthy behaviors and safety when being physically fit, and to bring all aspects of Mount Pleasant (campus populations, the community, and local businesses) together. The race is also a fundraiser for the Central Michigan chapter of the American Red Cross.
The race has become a large community event with participation numbers of 180, 231, and 252 in its three years. Eta Sigma Gamma provided participants with a biweekly newsletter. Each newsletter presented tips on different aspects of racing; training tips, healthy eating, and safety when on open courses. When surveyed, 97% of the participants that responded said they found these pre-race emails helpful. Participants surveyed also stated that they felt very safe on the course due to good marking of the course, volunteers, and police help on busy intersections.
The post-race survey has aimed to learn what motivates participants to stay active. It was found that 93.2% of our participants do races to stay healthy. In the past three years, 50% of the participants each year are motivated to stay active by friends and family. This race has been one of the first races participated in for about half the surveyed participants the last three years. Eighty-nine percent of participants say that participating in a race makes them feel more active in the community.
These survey results show something about meeting goals. And how this affects the health aspects of the community and what Eta can do. We have donated to the American Red Cross around six grand over the past three years.