The Kappa Sigma Fraternity’s Xi-Beta chapter at Northeastern University held its fourth annual Military Heroes 5K along the Charles River Esplanade on Saturday, October 15. Four years ago, the Chapter established the event in hopes of further assisting Kappa Sigma’s principal philanthropy program, the Military Heroes Campaign. Each fall, Xi-Beta invites affiliates of Northeastern and members of the Greater Boston community at-large to participate in the 5K. The run begins by the Hatch Memorial Shell and circles the scenic Charles River, set to the backdrop of the Boston skyline. Supporters are also encouraged to donate directly to the Military Heroes Campaign online, or simply to stop by and join in on the community-oriented event.
Saturday, October 15 was a warm, sunny day, fighting off the impending crisp fall weather and providing the perfect conditions for the 5K. Boston University’s Mu-Psi chapter of Kappa Sigma and Northeastern’s Epsilon-Mu chapter of the Chi Omega sorority were among those in attendance alongside Xi-Beta. Numerous local students and citizens also participated, including Captain Daniel Bamford of the United States Marine Corps Reserves; Captain Bamford was commissioned by the Marine Corps in 2010, before serving overseas in Afghanistan from 2012 to 2014. Xi-Beta was honored to host members of the United States Armed Forces, especially given the context of the event.
In anticipation of the run, field games such as cornhole and spikeball were set up on the Esplanade’s greens; light refreshments and music were also provided as those in attendance mingled before the 5K’s noon start time. In all, 66 runners competed as those remaining in attendance cheered along. Brother Michael Bogoian-Mullen of Xi-Beta finished first overall with a gun time of 20:00, followed closely by local runner Daniel Cleary (20:03).
The event raised a record-high $7,334 for Kappa Sigma’s Military Heroes Campaign. The money raised, a direct result of donations and race-day signups, will go directly to Kappa Sigma’s Military Heroes Campaign to benefit those who have fought hard to protect our country.
Military Heroes Campaign: Created in 2007, the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign honors and aids thousands of military veterans and their families in communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Since its inception, the campaign has donated over $1,000,000 to non-profit organizations who advocate on behalf of servicemen and women and those wounded in combat.