LSU University Recreation to Host ‘Ghost Chase’
BATON ROUGE – LSU University Recreation, or UREC, and its employee advisory board will be hosting the 2013 Greg Gibbens Ghost Chase 3k Fun Run on Friday, Oct. 25. The race, featured this year as one of LSU’s Homecoming events, will begin at 7 p.m. in front of the UREC Student Recreation Complex. Participants are encouraged to come dressed to impress in their spookiest costumes for a contest after the race.
“We are super excited about Ghost Chase being added to the Homecoming lineup this year,” said Christian Washington, president of UREC’s employee advisory board. “We hope that both students and the LSU community will gather to celebrate Homecoming in a different way this year by participating in a race that is both fun and rewarding because of its ability to honor a former UREC employee who truly loved this University.”
Following the race, food and beverages will be provided at the Party on the Plaza event. Results of the race and costume winners of the costume contest will be revealed and rewarded. Registration is currently available until 6:30 p.m. the day of the race. UREC members may register online at www.lsu.edu/urec/ghostchase or in person at the UREC Operations Desk. Non-members must register in person. Registration fees are $10 for UREC members and $20 for non-members. The first 100 registrants will receive a t-shirt.
All race proceeds benefit the University Recreation Development Fund at the LSU Foundation, which provides development opportunities for UREC student employees. This fund enables students to attend regional and national conferences and workshops, obtain advanced certifications and training, and receive financial assistance for books and studies.
Race divisions include:
- 17 and under
- 50 and older
Costume contest categories include:
- Scariest costume
- Funniest costume
- Most creative costume
- Best pet and owner duo
Greg Gibbens was a former employee of University Recreation, who despite a physical handicap, was able to accomplish many great feats with the life he had been given. As opposed to being known as a wheelchair athlete, Gibbens wanted to be known more as an athlete in a wheelchair, due to the talents and gifts he possessed. These and other exceptional aspects of Gibbens were even more apparent in his vigor for life and affection toward others. Due to an unfortunate incident, Gibbens’ life ended prematurely. In memory of this distinguished individual, UREC holds this annual race in remembrance of Gibbens not only as an accomplished employee, but also as an extraordinary person.
The employee advisory board is a group of UREC student employees representing different areas within the department. These students work together to help ensure employee satisfaction within the student staff while learning leadership and team building skills. The board serves as a liaison between the student and professional staff at UREC, harboring on professional development for the student employees to contribute to the development of UREC.