Record Participants in Virtual MSDA ’05K

Every year, Mounties, their families, and avid runners lace up their sneakers and embark upon the journey that is the Meghan Doyle ’05K. Due to the government order prohibiting people from gathering, the event changed to a virtual race where participants nationwide got involved in a cause close to the hearts of the Mount St. Dominic community. 

The event began in honor of Mount alumna, Meghan Doyle ’05, who unfortunately passed away in 2013 from a viral infection. Doyle was a great presence in the school, as she participated in softball and other activities. Her memory is carried on through the halls, especially her admiration for Lilly Pulitzer colors as noted by Sr. Peggy Ann Clinton. 

Doyle had a list of goals to achieve in 2013, and the list included running a 5K and getting more involved with the Mount alumnae community, which inspired her parents to carry on her legacy in this manner. In line with Doyle’s charitable fashion, the proceeds of the fundraiser go towards MSDA’s financial assistance program, providing more opportunities for girls to have a Mount education.

In previous years, the occasion was welcomed by sunshine and volunteers lined the course with refreshments and cheers. Doyle’s parents were prepared for another year of engaging in the cherished event on the Mount campus the first weekend in May; however, this was not the case during these uncertain times. 

Runners were training for May 2, 2020 to show off their athletic agility or speed-walking expertise; instead, they were greeted with an unprecedented platform to complete such a feat. Those interested in taking part in the occasion signed up on Runsignup.com. The website instructed racers that, upon the completion of their registration, they would be assigned a bib number which could be printed and displayed on their clothing to advertise the event they were participating in and the amazing cause they were supporting. After crossing their own version of the finish line, participants shared their times and photos using #MSDA05K. 

The virtual event lasted from Saturday, May 2 to Tuesday, May 5 at midnight, with five days to complete 5K. The extended participation time, and broadening of location, allowed for even more involvement than in the past, with people participating across the country (and even in Europe).

Race organizers encouraged people to adhere to the Center for Disease Control’s social-distancing protocols while embarking on their favorite courses, whether that be “their own homes (think treadmill), yards (lots of laps), or local neighborhood sidewalks and streets (maintaining safe distances, of course).” 

Meghan Doyle’s legacy is magnified by the level of involvement in and success of the 5K in her namesake. Mounties past, present, and future run, walk, and donate to honor Doyle and support their alma mater.

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