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10 Years Later: USciences' 5K Race for Humanity Still Going Strong

By Lauren Whetzel Siburkis

Pharmacy alumna Isha Shah-John PharmD’09 still remembers the hard work and determination that went into organizing the first annual 5K Race for Humanity at University of the Sciences in 2006. What started as a student initiative, has continued to grow each year as the USciences community continues to show unwavering support for the 5K. Despite its yearly evolution, the race’s mission to benefit charity has remained unchanged.

As a young pharmacy student, Shah-John said she quickly realized that her Philadelphia College of Pharmacy professors were more than leaders in their fields—they also encouraged students to be innovative and make a global impact.
“I established the first annual race with the intent to bring together students, faculty, alumni, and members of the community to spread awareness for global health issues,” Shah-John said. “USciences was very supportive at every stage of the planning process, and in our first year, we raised $10,000 to help eradicate measles in Africa. From there, I knew this would be an event that the campus community would look forward to each year.”
And Shah-John was right. The race, hosted by USciences’ academic service fraternity Omega Chi Psi, draws a large, enthusiastic crowd each year. The 5K course will once again wind its way through The Woodlands—a national historic landmark, adjacent to campus— during the 10th annual Race for Humanity on Saturday, March 28, at 9 a.m.
Since its inception, this event has raised more than $60,000 for prominent local and national charities, including the Livengrin Foundation for Addiction Recovery, Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, CureSearch, and the Marie Vinciguerra Benefit Fund. This year’s proceeds will benefit ActionAIDS, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization committed to creating an AIDS-free generation through a combination of proven strategies.
Runners will gather at the Athletic/Recreation Center at 43rd Street and Woodland Avenue for registration at 7:30 a.m. Race marshals and water stations will provide participants with comfort and support. Participants will also be given a free t-shirt, and an award ceremony will recognize the best times in numerous categories.
The registration cost for individuals who sign up before March 13 is $20 for adults and $10 for those ages 14 and under. Participants may also register on the morning of the event for $25 (adults) and $12 (ages 14 and under).
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