Participants enjoy last year’s Great Pink Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk at Moraine Park Technical College. More than 300 participants took part in the event.

Participants enjoying last year’s Great Pink Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk at Moraine Park Technical College. More than 300 participants took part in the event.

Moraine Park Technical College is hosting its third annual Great Pink Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Money raised from this event will make it possible for women battling breast cancer to attend the “Infinite Boundaries Wellness Retreat,” organized by the Breast Cancer Recovery, an organization whose mission is to provide environments for women breast cancer survivors to heal emotionally. Learn more at bcrecovery.org.

The 2015 Great Pink Pumpkin 5K raised $6,000 for Breast Cancer Recovery. Over 310 participants and 60 volunteers helped make the event a success, and Moraine Park hopes to double the attendance at this year’s event.

“This is a great event, for a great cause, and we look forward to seeing it grow,” said Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park president. “Our students and staff are excited about bringing our communities together, and we hope to have a strong turnout.”

According to Brenda Schaefer, Moraine Park social science instructor and co-chair of the event with Jeff Stueber, a business management instructor at the College, the goal of the Great Pink Pumpkin 5K is to connect with the community by providing different student-based service-learning projects. These projects include blood pressure screenings from the Medical Assistant program, activities for children sponsored by the Early Childhood Education program, handcrafted pink sprinkled cookies from the Culinary Arts students, and pink hair extensions donated by the Cosmetology program.

To register for the Great Pink Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk and for more information, visit morainepark.edu/run. The entry fee is $25 and includes a pink pumpkin and a short sleeved t-shirt, or $30 with a pink pumpkin and a long sleeved t-shirt. Youth 15 and under are $15 and include a short sleeved t-shirt.

All participants are encouraged to register on or before Monday, Oct. 3, to be guaranteed a t-shirt and pink pumpkin. Day-of registrations will be accepted from 8-9:30 a.m. with the run/walk beginning at 10 a.m.

Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus is located at 235 North National Avenue, Fond du Lac, Wis.