5k, 10k, and Butler Blue’s 1-mile Dawg Walk
One of Butler University’s signature events, The Bulldog Jog, this year on April 22, has become a favorite way to raise funds for HRC student grant programs and wellness initiatives, Indy Runners scholarship program, and the Indy Humane Society.
Thank you for joining us!
Thanks so much to everyone who joined us in 2022 to refresh our Bulldog Jog live in person and on campus! Congrats to our 2022 5k winners Anne Clinton and Brady Harless, and 15k winners Lori Quick and Declan Black, and to everyone who supported the Dawg Walk. (We were able to raise $3,200 for Butler HRC student programs and Indy Runners giving back initiatives. And we donated $1,172 to the Indy Humane Society.)
For 2023 we are excited to add in our 10k as well for a good mix of racing. Once again we support Butler HRC Student Wellness programs and our Indy Runners giving back initiatives including our Scholarship program. And the Dawg Walk will once again support the Indy Humane Society.
We have plenty of jobs, big and small, to suit your volunteer preferences, from water stops to course marshals and more. Volunteers also earn points for the Butler Points Challenge, and there are jobs that let you volunteer and also run the race—double points!
Sponsorship for Scholarship
Proceeds from the Bulldog Jog are to benefit the Butler University Recreation Student Professional Development Fund, which is used to help pay for student employees to attend various workshops, conferences, and certification programs related to the Recreational Sports field.
Events such as the Indiana Recreational Sports Association’s annual workshop, the National Intramural – Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Region III’s Student Lead-On Conference, and the annual NIRSA Conference, all require registration fees that can be overwhelming. We believe in doing our best to make sure students who have an interest in learning should not be prevented from doing so due to cost.
Not only do these opportunities help the students determine a potential career path or give them invaluable experience in attending a professional event, but the knowledge gained helps make our own department that much better.
Indy Runners is also adding a Benefit to support club Giving Back Programs; most notable is their Erika Wells Memorial Scholarship fund for high school students entering college who have seen a positive influence from running in their lives or used running to make a difference in their community. Their namesake, Erika Wells, was a beloved Indy Runners club member who tragically passed away in October 2016. Her dedication to service, personal growth, social engagement, and an overall use of running as part of a healthy lifestyle and a way to help support community were unparalleled and a true gift to their club. Their scholarship was renamed in her memory to keep her legacy alive and growing through students who share these same qualities.
You can give directly to this fund through a private donation to Butler University. Gifts may be made in person or online. When filling out the online giving form, simply make your designation by entering “BU Recreation Student Professional Development Fund” within the “Other” category.