One of Auburn’s newest traditions is Auburn Running Festival’s Finish on the 50, a race that starts at Toomer’s Corner and ends at the 50-yard line of Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The 4th annual event took place on Saturday, April 25. Despite a rainy start, the race was another success. The Auburn Running Festival provides opportunities for runners of all ages and skill levels. Participants can run a half marathon, 10K, 5K or Fun Run, with all races finishing in Jordan-Hare Stadium. (Photo used with permission by Courtney Smith.)
Senior Elise Bjerken participated in the 10K and says it is part of the Auburn experience.
“It was cool to be able to run down Donahue where Tiger Walk occurs, and to get to run into the stadium like the team does,” Bjerken says. “Sprinting it out to the 50-yard line in Jordan-Hare was definitely an Auburn experience that not many can claim.”
Others run for a cause. Senior Mark Goldstein finished his first half marathon with a special person in mind. Through his involvement with Auburn University Dance Marathon, Goldstein had the chance to meet Martin Thiele, a person facing incredible odds in his fight against cancer.
“Martin Thiele is one of the nicest, strongest and most inspirational people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting,” Goldstein says. “He was my motivation throughout the entire run. If he can fight with the strength he has for the last four years, I can finish a little run no problem.” (Photo used with permission by Mark Goldstein.)
Finish on the 50 is becoming a beloved tradition because it brings together Auburn students and the rest of the community. It is a reminder of the spirit that keeps the Auburn Family going 365 days a year and a time to celebrate life on the Loveliest Village on the Plains!
For information and updates on next year’s event, see the Auburn Running Festival website or Facebook page. To learn more about Martin and how you can help, visit his family’s page here. (Photo used with permission by Mark Goldstein)