Homecoming is an exciting time for students, faculty and alumni alike, and all three NSU campuses participate. The Broken Arrow campus, for example, is bringing back their RiverHawk 5K run this year under the title “Running: A State of Mind”. Dr. Roy Wood, dean of the Broken Arrow campus, invites all NSU family and the surrounding areas to come run.

We advertise this run as part of the NSU Homecoming week, but it is open to everyone in the community to participate,” said Wood.  “We hope runners from BA and Tulsa will come out and enjoy the run with us.”

The proceeds from the run are going to fund scholarships for transfer students. While there are numerous opportunities for freshmen to gain funds for school, transfer students from two-year institutions, such as community colleges, often struggle to find ways to continue their education. The Broken Arrow campus consists of mostly upperclassmen and transfer students, and Julia Rogers, RiverHawk Run committee chair, is excited to see the money go to something local.

“I know everyone on campus wants students to achieve success, and scholarships are a way to help students achieve that success,” said Rogers. “We want this run to be a fun family event for the university and community, and also benefit our students.”

In addition to the 5K, the event will also have all sorts of fun activities for both runners and patrons.

“This year we will have the Prairie Fire Grille food truck for spectators and participants, a bounce house for the kiddos and a free car show put on by Green Country Classic Mustangs,” said Rogers.  “It will be a great family event.”

The term “run” can turn some people away from participating. While there are awards after the race, this event is mainly focused on raising money for scholarships, celebrating homecoming and bringing communities together. Samantha Wall, Pryor senior and avid runner, encourages people who want to start running but are having trouble starting, to start somewhere.

My advice for runners is to start where you are,” said Wall. “If you are just beginning, do what you can. Your very best will always exceed your worst.”

Registration is available on the NSU alumni website. The event will start at 6 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the NSU Broken Arrow campus.

For more information, email bariverhawkrun@nsuok.edu.

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