Sigma Brothers Race 200 Miles for Cancer Awareness
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Posted by: Teri Forsythe
On August 24th,
a group of five Alpha Sigma Brothers and other University of North Carolina
students will take part in a 200-mile relay race that starts at the top of Mt.
Hood in Northern Oregon and ends on the Pacific Coast to raise funds and
awareness for the American Cancer Society. They will be one of more than one
thousand teams competing in the world’s largest race.
This is the second time
running Hood to Coast for Tyson Presnell, Σ ’14. "I participated
in the Hood to Coast relays in high school, and it was an amazing experience,”
says Presnell who has coordinated the first team at UNC.
explains that most of his teammates have been personally affected by cancer
through the loss or diagnosis of several friends and family members, making
this an even more important endeavor for each of them. Still Presnell says that
the experience itself is as exciting as working towards a great cause.
"Being in Oregon and
looking back at our whole experience will be an exhilarating experience.
The race itself is 24-hours of adrenaline and excitement, an unforgettable
experience to say the least,” he says.
He adds that he excited
and a bit nervous to run with his diverse team which consists of men and women
who have served as RAs, members of four different Greek organizations and three
campus ministries. "We have a great team with fun chemistry, and it will be
hard if one of the twelve of us isn’t able to run due to injury, either before
the race or during it!”
Hood to Coast is one of
the world’s most popular races so participation is extremely competitive. In
order to guarantee a spot in the race, each team must raise $20,000 for the
American Cancer Society. The team is currently the leading fundraising
team, with six out of the top ten individuals in fundraising, but they still
need help to reach their $20,000 goal.
"Many of us have been
impacted by cancer, including some of our fellow Chi Psis. If you or one
of your brothers has been impacted by cancer, we hope you consider supporting
us in our cause,” Presnell says, adding "We really hope that the Chi Psi
community will reach out and join us in our fight against cancer. We
definitely appreciate encouragement, but if you would like to contribute, you
can do so directly on our website, http://main.acsevents.org/goto/heelstocoast.”