In memory of Nina Brekelmans, the Georgetown Running Club, in partnership with the Georgetown Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, hosted the Nina Brekelmans Memorial Scholarship 5K on March 19, 2016. Thanks to generous support from the Cooper Standard Foundation, all of the nearly $10,000 raised through the race was donated towards the Nina Brekelmans Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund at Georgetown University, preserving Nina's legacy of goodwill and women's empowerment in the Middle East.
With contributions from the race, the endowment fundraising goal was fully meT in March 2016
Read more about this year's first recipient, Samah Asfour.
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The mission of the Cooper Standard Foundation is to "strengthen the communities in which Cooper Standard employees work and live through the passionate support of children's charities, education, health and wellness, and community revitalization." We are thankful for their overwhelming support of this race and the scholarship endowment at Georgetown University.
In addition to Cooper Standard, we are grateful for the contributions of the Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Pacers Running, and RacePacket timing services for their assistance with planning and carrying out the race. Special thanks to Bullfrog Bagels for donating food as well as Teaism, Glen's Garden Market, SoulCycle, and kellembell for offering raffle prizes. We're also thankful for the Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Services, whose members volunteered their time and services to ensure a safe race for all.
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The 5K course provided an opportunity to tour many highlights of the Georgetown University campus in addition to a stretch of the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) canal path often frequented by Nina during her time at Georgetown.
The race started and finished on iconic Copley Lawn. The course took runners across campus towards Canal Road, where they followed the sidewalk before looping through a tunnel onto the C&O canal path. The race headed out and back along the path then returning through the tunnel along Canal Road and back to campus. Runners circled Cooper Field and then navigated up a series of hills towards the start/finish line.