Eve Carson Memorial 5K celebrates UNC icon

Participants reach the finish line. Many made it through the 3.1 miles with the motivational posters and water along the way.

On October 25, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill held their annual Eve Carson  Memorial 5K for Education. The run/walk is in honor of former student body president, Eve Carson, who was unfortunately murdered in 2008.

The event is run by UNC chapters of Phi Delta Theta and Pi Beta Phi. With $58,000 in donations poured into the walk last year, it is likely a similar number will be used for this year’s recipients: CEO4Teens, Pi Beta Phi Literacy Fund and, of course, the Eve Carson Memorial Scholarship.

Leesville students participated in the event this year as part of National Honors Society.

NHS members sacrificed their early Saturday morning sleep without regrets. “The 5K was very fun and I really enjoyed seeing the UNC [c]ampus,” said Charlie Hardy, junior, in a text interview.

The UNC campus and legacy itself attracts throngs of runners/walkers every year, from Leesville students to citizens of all ages from the community. But every runner also has their own reasons for participating. “I wanted the NHS hours and I enjoy doing new things with friends,” said Hardy.

The Eve Carson Memorial 5K will continue to honor Eve Carson, the student never forgotten by the Tar Heel community.

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