A freshman at UAA this year was born at least six years after the theme’s time period, but that did not keep the Architecture and Engineering Club from throwing an ‘80s 5K Fun Run on campus last Saturday.
The race started on west campus and followed a rough figure eight around the Gorsuch Commons and Goose Lake.
Runners dressed in ‘80s garb were met with tunes as they jogged their way around campus.
Before, during, and after the race, race participants funneled through “dance stops” in which ‘80s Billboard hits like “Higher Love” and “Manic Monday” pumped out of speakers. Architecture and Engineering Club members manned each of the stations, encouraging passing runners to bust a move.
About 70 people registered for the race online but even more toed the start line, which made it the largest turnout for a Architecture and Engineering Club-sponsored run ever, according to club president Megan Endreson.
“We’re lucky if we get 16 people to show up (to our races). We’ve never had over 30, this is awesome,” Endreson said.
Endreson said her club raised around $1,000 from the event, which will be put toward an upcoming service trip in a few weeks when they travel to Florida.
Participant Kim Lewis raced with her two grandchildren, Chacie and Logan.
“I usually do all the half marathons and 10Ks,” Lewis said.
She said this is the fourth 5K she has run with her grandchildren, and she is “trying to get them out and teach them how it’s done.”
All participants were awarded a Rubik’s Cube keychain and race medal for participating.