The PT Tiger Dash and Cub Run is the biggest event for the DPT students and brings in more than 100 runners each year.
Dashing to Fee the Hungry
Dozens of children were seen running around campus with adults during the sixth annual Tiger Dash 5K Run held on October 15, 2011. The event was run by physical therapy students to promote physical therapy as a profession and to tie the School with the community. The event also served as a fundraiser for the Combined Sections Meeting from February 8 to February 11, 2012.
"This event is our main fundraiser and is growing every year; this year's committee focused on promoting our profession by providing and creating a strong association with our community internally within Pacific expanding to San Joaquin County," said Genevieve Correa '12. Tiger Dash helped them raise $5,500 through sponsorships.
Furthermore, Correa talked about the importance of helping the community and how they integrated an emergency food drive with the event. According to Correa, "Our guests helped provide 160 pounds of non-perishable food items for the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton that feeds approximately 200 people." They also donated left over bagels/fruit to the Emergency Food Bank along with a $25 gift card.
Although the route was changed last minute, it did not interfere with the event. Of the 112 participants, 89 crossed the finish line. Greg Mandler came in first place, completing the race in 19 minutes and 50 seconds. He was followed by Tony Pacheco and Brian Butler.
Tiger Dash wasn't just a race, however. University of the Pacific student Kelsey Reese '14 said, "I signed up because I thought it would be fun." It also helped her get back into the flow of things. "I haven't run in a long time so my biggest hope was to finish." Reese joined many others as they ran around campus helping physical therapy students achieve their goals.