The first Jacksonville University Veterans Day “Show Your Colors 5K Run” was a major success, with hundreds of runners and onlookers turning out on the JU campus Nov. 9 for the special event to honor veterans. (See photo gallery below)
The crowd was greeted by JU President Tim Cost and Dr. Donnie Horner, JU’s chief government and community affairs officer, before participants began the race around campus.
The JU Student Veterans of America chapter held the event to honor local veterans and raise awareness and funding for JU student veterans. The twist to a color run is that runners are doused from head to toe with different colors at each kilometer – and there was no shortage of that.
All proceeds from the run will help fund JU student veteran services, including helping with a new Student Veterans Center in the Founders Building on the JU campus. This center is being dedicated to support JU’s student veterans, the second largest student group on campus, at more than 300. It will provide an area for them to study, network and support each other. For more on the progress of the center, click here.