Going Miles for Scholarship

Posted: April 17, 2013 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: April 18, 2013 at 6:40 am

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By Beth Pullias

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The annual Mason Miles 5k run/walk raises money for a scholarship. Prince William University Life photo

On a cold and windy March day, 132 participants for the fourth annual Mason Miles 5K run/walk warmed up outside on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus. Dressed in warm running clothes, they made their way to the start line for the run, which took place on March 28. Proceeds from the event are donated to the Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship fund to benefit an undergraduate student in the School of Recreation, Health and Tourism (SRHT).

Wilson, a Prince William County firefighter and Mason alumnus, died in the line of duty on April 16, 2007.

“Kyle graduated from the Athletic Training Education Program. He was one of our best students and someone I knew very well. He was always very active and interested in health and fitness and in dedicating his professional life to the service of others,” says Shane Caswell, associate professor of athletic training and director of the Sports Medicine Assessment Research and Testing Laboratory in the College of Education and Human Development.

George Mason students, faculty, staff, community members and even Kyle’s father, Bob Wilson, were in attendance this year for the event that  raised $1,800 for the scholarship.

“Kyle’s family and local firefighters started a race in his honor at Hylton High School that still continues to this day. Mason Miles is our small way of contributing to the scholarship and supporting Kyle’s memory here on campus,” says Charvis Campbell, assistant dean of University Life.

Students from SRHT volunteered to  check people in and staff the first aid station. Some ran in the race. “Our students recognize that this is a great event and a worthy cause. It is a rallying point for our program on campus to not only remember Kyle but also support one of our own who receives the scholarship,” says Caswell. “I wouldn’t be able to keep them from coming to the event if I tried.”

Participants received a T-shirt and post-race lunch. Prizes were awarded for the first-place male and female walkers.

Sponsors for this year’s run/walk included University Life, The EDGE, University Police, SRHT, Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, Human Resources and Payroll, the Mason Center for Team and Organizational Learning, Gilbane and the Running Store of Gainesville.

For those who missed this year’s walk, there’s another opportunity on Saturday, April 20. The Kyle Wilson Walk for Fitness 10K walk/run will take place at Hylton High School in Woodbridge, Va. Proceeds from that event benefit the same scholarship. For more information and to pre-register, visit www.kylewilsonmemorial.com.

Write to Beth Pullias at bpullias@gmu.edu

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