October 13, 2005
In between 12-hour days at Texas Children's Hospital on a pediatric sub-internship in infectious disease, as well as adjusting to home life with a new baby and managing the details of evacuation and relocation, Tulane fourth-year medical school student Nathan Teague is coordinating a 10K Run/5K Walk to support the Tulane University School of Medicine student body.
With the help of the Houston Area Road Runners Association, Teague has laid out a route that will take runners through scenic areas of downtown Houston on November 20, 2005.
"We all needed some kind of morale booster," Teague says of the inspiration for the race. "There has been a lot of positive feedback and it's good to know that we are doing something to help us go back home."
In keeping with the Tulane tradition of community service, the money raised during the race will be used to fill in gaps for services that have little or no institutional support. Homeless shelters where medical students volunteer or have worked are among those services that could receive some support.
Teague has received many other offers for help from students as he organizes the race. For instance,Tulane student Catherine Digiorgio, in her second year at the School of Medicine, is working on the race T-shirts.
Teague lives in Houston with his wife and eight-week old baby. Soon after evacuating, they found housing through the generosity of a local church, which Teague says has made it possible for him to spend some time planning the race itself.
"Although adversity has again chosen to show its ugly face in our city and school, it will not whip us. We will come back stronger than ever, be the better for it, and be forever grateful for the generosity shown to us by the great citizens of this country," writes Teague on the race website.
The race will start on Louisiana Street near McKinney and will finish near City Hall on Walker Street, a course which has been certified by the Road Running Technical Council of USA Track and Field. The registration fee of $20 includes timing results, chip timing and a T-shirt. To register for the race or to sponsor runners, visit the website at: http://www.runfortulanemed.com.
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