October 10, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik 

Bucknell Brigade muralLEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Bucknell Brigade will host its fourth annual Making it to Managua 5K race Saturday, Nov. 2.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. in Hufnagle Park; the race begins at 10 a.m.

Registration fees are $15 in advance, $20 on the day of the race; entrants who register by Oct. 17 will be guaranteed a T-shirt. Registration closes Nov. 1.

To register, link to the registration form on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/managua5k.

"If you can't be in Lewisburg on Nov. 2, you can support the Brigade and get a T-shirt by signing up for our at-home option," said Bucknell junior Jenna Weaver, the student coordinator of the race. "Participants can pledge to run, walk, elliptical or bike 3.1 miles to help us make the distance."

All proceeds benefit the free health clinic in Managua, Nicaragua, that the Bucknell Brigade helps to fund.

Formed in 1999 in response to the devastation of Hurricane Mitch, the Bucknell Brigade has worked with a resettlement community outside the capital city of Managua.

Volunteers involved in this student-initiated service-learning project help raise money for the free health clinic in Nueva Vida, a facility largely built with donations raised by the Bucknell Brigade. Delegations of students and staff bring donated medicines and inventory supplies in the pharmacy, and assist with manual labor on projects identified by the Center for Development in Central America, the host agency, while learning about micro-enterprise initiatives, grass roots development, the history, and culture of Nicaragua.