UC Hosts Red Boot Run during Homecoming Festivities
Williamsburg, KY.— The morning of Saturday, September 27th offered perfect weather for the Red Boot Run which was hosted by the University of the Cumberlands (UC) as an event during its 125th Homecoming weekend celebration. This year participants and supporters met at UC’s Hutton School of Business (HSB) building where the 5K race began. The event is so named in honor of Norma Patrick, long-time UC education professor and red boot-wearer.
Norma Brock Patrick passed away in April 2012, while waiting for a liver transplant, only a year after she retired as a Professor of Education from Cumberlands, where she had worked for 37 years. Norma Patrick was a 1973 alumnus of State University of New York at Cortland. After completing additional study at Union College, earning 6th Year Program Principal Certification, she began teaching education classes at Cumberland College in 1985. On Saturday morning, Patrick was honored by more than 100 UC students, faculty, staff, and community members who participated in the event that was founded to raise funds for the Norma B. Patrick Scholarship Fund at UC and the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA).
There were five categories for the runners, broken up into age groups. Coming in first place at 26:47 for the under 20 age division was Connor Partin. Coming in first place at 23:05 for the 20-30 age division was Nathanael Roggie. Coming in first place at 22:03 for the 30-40 age division, and first overall, was Mike Jamison. Coming in first place at 22:07 for the 40-55 age division was Marsha Morton. Coming in first place at 28:34 for the 55 and up age division was Gilbert Irvin.
Half of all proceeds raised by the Red Boot Foundation will go to the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) and the other half will go to the Norma Brock Patrick scholarship fund at UC. Norma’s youngest son, Jason Patrick, helped orchestrate this year’s 5K.
“We want this race to grow and become something larger,” said Patrick. “It is really nice that the participants can come to the Cumberlands, a place that has given my family so much, and share their memories and have this time of fellowship. I would like to thank everyone for their efforts and participation.”
The Norma B. Patrick Scholarship is awarded to single mothers planning to pursue a degree in the education field and living in the southeastern Kentucky area.
KODA is an independent, non-profit tissue procurement agency with offices in Bowling Green, Lexington, Paducah, Louisville, and Ashland/Huntington. KODA's goal is to inform Kentuckians of the need for individuals interested in organ and tissue donation. KODA also provides training for hospital staffs who present the option of donation to families who have suffered the loss of a loved one and presentations to schools, civic groups and churches.
Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit www.ucumberlands.edu.
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