October 05, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Members of the Bucknell University fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) will run a relay from Lewisburg to Washington, D.C., during fall break to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association.

The fourth annual Ronald Reagan Run for Alzheimer's begins Friday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. with participants running the first leg from the TKE fraternity house (located on Fraternity Road across from the Observatory) to the President's House on University Avenue.

The Ronald Reagan Run for Alzheimer's honors the nation's 40th president who was a member of TKE at Eureka College. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and died in 2004.

Funds raised for Alzheimer's Association

TKE runners are raising money through sponsorships from family, alumni, businesses, and the campus community. The money is donated to the Alzheimer's Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research to find a cure for the disease.

Last year, Bucknell's TKE chapter donated $23,307 to the Alzheimer's Association and the two years before that it donated $19,000 and $13,000. This year, the goal is to raise $25,000.

"Of all the events that we do here at TKE, the Reagan Run is by far my favorite," said Bucknell senior Michael Harkness, president of TKE. "The brotherhood comes together during the fall semester and manages to raise thousands of dollars for the Alzheimer's Association. During this process, the brothers strengthen the bond within our fraternity and give back to the community in a positive way."

180 miles in four days

The 180-mike trek will be completed by more than 60 TKE members in four days, with at least one person running at all times of the day. Participants will carry a horseshoe the entire distance to Washington, D.C. Runners are split up into groups, with each group assigned to run specific legs. When a group finishes, the last runner passes the horseshoe on to the next group, which is waiting at a designated switch off point.

The run will end at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in front of the South Lawn of the White House, where a representative from the Alzheimer's Association will meet the runners for a check presentation ceremony. Local members of Congress have been invited, and several executives from TKE's national headquarters are expected to attend.

For more information, photos from past runs, and to track the chapter's progress raising money, please see the fraternity’s Web site at http://www.tkebetamu.com/ and click on the Reagan Run tab.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Oct. 5, 2007