Rabbit Run on Cartersville campus

Assistant Professor Wilson waiting for the run to start.

Student Life hosted the 2021 Rabbit Run at the Cartersville campus on Saturday, April 17. The run was originally set to be held on March 27, but due to severe weather, it was delayed.

“I think it was a great idea,” said Assistant Professor of Mathematics Maurice Wilson, who runs in the Peachtree Road Race yearly. “It is always a good idea to encourage people to stay healthy.”

Wilson commented on the low participation number compared to other races that were being held near Cartersville recently. Wilson said, “I would like to see more faculty involved. I was a little disappointed that there were only two of us here.”

Wilson suggested that future races could be separated into divisions or by campus to better student and faculty engagement.

“More people, more hype and a little bit more [distance],” said Floyd student, Carrola Paulo, who came from Rome to participate in the race.

Clifton Puckett, the Student Life Coordinator, managed the race. Before it started, he handed out T-shirts for the participants and explained the course they would be taking. He said, “I think that it was good that we were back out here doing this, because obviously last year we couldn’t do it, and we couldn’t do the turkey trot.”

“I wish we had better participation,” Puckett said, “We had 75 sign up initially, but we had to postpone that date… but it was good to be back out. Next year, we’re going to try to really flesh these out more. We’ll go back to the Turkey Trot in November. That’s always a fun one because we break things into age groups and the winner of each group gets a frozen turkey.

“We’re going to try and make it more involved. We’re going to try to include the sports management classes — let them get involved in the organization, the running and the planning. It’s just good to be back doing it now.”

President Don Green participated in the run before going to see the softball team. “I think it’s great,” Green said, I love it. I wish we could have more. It’s a little difficult because we have to be spread out. I think that health is the first wealth. It is always great to see all our faculty, students and staff out and exercising. I really appreciate student life out here organizing
and allowing us to be here.”

Puckett and the rest of Student Life are open to suggestions for future races and events. Send ideas to [email protected].