Running for a cause: In two weeks at 9:30 a.m. Sunday April 15, participants in the 5th Annual “Anything is PAULssible 5K” will take off in the fields behind Servo to honor Paul Detweiler.
Since 2014, Alpha Phi Omega Iota Omicron (APO) has carried on “Paul’s legacy through this race.” The money raised is added to the Paul Detweiler Memorial Scholarship Fund which supports “an incoming student with financial need who wishes to pursue higher education at Gettysburg College.”
The event will be sponsored by Gettysburg’s service fraternity, APO, Antica Napoli Pizza, Gettysburg College Campus Recreation, Gettysburg College Campus Activities Board (CAB), Alpha Chi Rho at Gettysburg College and Mr. G’s Ice Cream.
While some at the college may vividly remember the “optimistic, caring, selfless, [and] hard-working” student for whom the 5K is held, Paul’s presence and energy impacts even those today. Friends and family fondly recall Paul’s dedication to academics and APO. His indomitable spirit “made so many people happy,” notes Sarah Moyer who chaired the race in 2014-15 and was a friend of Paul’s. Nick Olindo, Paul’s childhood best friend, expressed his gratitude on behalf of Paul’s family and friends to “all that have been involved.” Current race coordinators, Tiffany Hill and Mary Beth Bielicki, are proud to witness the race and observe that “it’s amazing to see current students, alumni, members of the Gettysburg community and others come together to honor Paul in this way” and “to connect with a former APO brother who truly made an impact.”
Here are some useful links to learn more about the event details and its history! Those interested in getting involved can sign up via the official race website. Visit: https://paulssible5k.weebly.com/ or https://www.active.com/gettysburg-pa/running/distance-running-races/anything-is-paulssible-5k-2018.
For the Facebook-linked event, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/278396959358032/.
The course loops around the areas near Quarry, the lacrosse field, the Painted Turtle Farm, and the softball field. While the race is timed thanks to the help of many volunteers, it is open to anyone and everyone.
Running and walking are welcomed because “this is an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to come together and honor a wonderful person whose life was taken too soon,” Brittany Bondi, member of 5K committee, explains. “The sky is the limit.”
Source: Youtube (Filmed by GBurg TV in 2014)
All information and photos came from the official race website and Bondi. A special thanks to Tiffany Hill and Mary Beth Bielicki for their coordination of this year’s race.
Further information was taken from: https://paulssible5k.weebly.com/