Marathon Season

Spring fever calls for getting outdoors and staying active!

This past weekend four of our girls participated in two different half marathons.  Molly Topp and Sarah Shepard ran in the Rock n Roll marathon in Nashville, TN while Sasha Gunther ran in the Nike marathon in DC. Both marathons were 13.1 miles, and called for months of hard work, dedication, and training.

The Rock n Roll half marathon raised money for St. Jude Children’s hospital. St. Jude has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Children from all 50 states and from around the world have come through the doors of St. Jude for treatment, and thousands more around the world have benefited from their research. The race raised $1,153,767.28, and over 30,000 people participated total including the whole marathon, half marathon, 5k, or wheelchair marathon.

Molly reflects on the marathon quoting,” It was an amazing experience! The feeling of finishing the race after months of training was unreal. I really didn’t think I could do it because I wasn’t a runner before, the most I had run was probably four miles before this, but now I really feel like anyone could do it. The local bands at every mile helped a lot to motivate us. It was my first half marathon, as well as Sarah’s so were both excited to run more half marathons in the future!” Sarah agrees adding, “Being able to run along side with my Phi Mu sister made the experience even more special!”

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While Sarah and Molly triumphed in Nashville,  Sasha took on DC at the Nike Women’s half marathon. The Nike Women’s Running Series is committed to producing environmentally and socially responsible events and has teamed up with the Council for Responsible Sport to certify both the Nike Women Half Marathon DC and the Nike Women Half and Full Marathon San Francisco as sustainable races. They were two of 15,00 participants, and the race raised over $5 million dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.

Senior Sasha Gunther quotes, “It was actually the perfect race to do for my first half marathon. There were so many people and spectators that it made it a lot easier! And it definitely helped that I got to run it with friends. There were also drummers and bands along the way to keep us entertained! It was amazing seeing the monuments- we got to run by the Capitol, Washington Monument, Jefferson Monument, Lincoln (from a far) and the World War 2 Memorial!”

We are so proud of Molly, Sarah, and Sasha. Your hard work paid off, and you are an inspiration to us all!

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

This past Sunday we held our first major philanthropy event of the spring, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is an annual brunch that our chapter hosts to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network.

 This year our philanthropy chair, Caitlin Miranda, made it into so much more than a standard breakfast. The breakfast showcased a fashion show featuring outfits from the local boutique here at Elon-Mynt. Outfits from Mynt were paired with clothing from Rent the Runway, a one stop shop to rent dresses & accessories by famous designers. The models were our very own sisters- and even some of their fabulous mothers and siblings. Highlights of the fashion show included guest Vaughn Vreeland’s emceeing, and Junior Kendall Quinn walking down the runway while eating a pasty. Both elements were hilarious, and made the show very memorable.

Another main part of the event was the prize giveaways. Some of the prizes were a Tiffany’s necklace, a Molly Beads necklace, a painting by our talented artist Brynna Bantley, gift cards to local companies, and much more. ( Lucky girls!) 

Besides the fun activities going on at the event, one of the best parts was meeting the families of some of our sisters. Many girls brought their mothers or sisters for the weekend, and it was a great chance to hang out and talk to them. Freshman Melina Accarpio quotes, “It was really exciting for my mom to finally meet my Big and my G, as she has heard so much about them.”

 Overall the event was a huge success, and we thank all of our guests for coming and spending the afternoon with us for such a great cause! All proceeds from the ticket sales went to CMN, and over $3,000 was raised.

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Greek Week Dance

This past week a dedicated group of our girls performed at the infamous Elon event, Greek Week! This event is something people both in and outside of Greek Life look forward to each year. Each organization performs a dance in the Alumni gym in front of a crowd of over 2,000 people. After practicing for months, we were more than excited to represent Phi Mu and bring all of the hard work and long hours of practice to life.

Senior Victoria choreographed the impressive dance this year, and did an absolutely amazing job. They perfected the blending of our theme with a dance number to create “The Phi Mu Emergency Room.”  Victoria reflects back on the experience quoting, “I couldn’t be happier with how the dance turned out! I couldn’t have done this without the amazingly talented dancers and support of our whole chapter.”

The months of practicing brought the dancers close together to create memorable friendships, one of the best parts about the entire experience. When it came time for the show, the dancers were ready to go, and had a blast performing it.

 

ElonThon

This past weekend Elon held a popular tradition in support of an inspiring cause.

ElonThon is the largest student organized philanthropy, benefiting Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham, NC. Every year Elon students come together at Alumni Gym for a 24-hour dance marathon to support the incredible children and families treated at Duke Children’s. Since 2003, Elonthon has grown into an incredible campus-wide event, bringing in thousands of students every year.

There are hundreds of Dance Marathons around the country, each benefiting their own Children’s Miracle Network hospital.  They differ in size, location, themes, length… the only things they share are the common goal, to help kids, and the rule that you must remain standing for the entirety of your time at the event!  It’s all a symbol of the hope and support we give to the child patients and their families.

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The event was especially memorable for our dancers because it supports our philanthropy that we work so hard to honor year round. We proudly sponsored the cause alongside SUB, Coca Cola, and many more. During the event dancers were able to compete in color wars, go swimming, draw, play games, meet CMN hospital patients and survivors, and of course- Dance!

Laughter, singing, some tears and hugs later, the total amount raised was announced. After hard work and dedication, ElonThon  raised an incredible grand total of $176,261.94. We are so appreciate of everyone who donated to the cause!

“When sickness stops, we’ll dance for joy.  Until then, we’ll keep dancing for life.” 

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