Weimar University Returns to the Lake Tahoe Marathon to Raise Funds for Scholarships
Weimar University is gearing up for a meaningful return to Lake Tahoe on October 15, 2023. Last year, 30 participants represented Weimar at the official Lake Tahoe Marathon; this year, the number has reached 140 people. Our dedicated participants, including faculty, staff, and students, will hit the scenic course around Lake Tahoe, running for donations per mile to raise scholarship funds.
Shiloh Howard, a senior religion major, comments on the increase in participants, “Last year, I attended the Tahoe Race as a supporter, and I noticed how much of an impact our group had on the race’s organizers. Several people approached me, genuinely curious about our group, asking who we were and where we were from. Now imagine that impact, but more!”
The Mission Becomes Twofold
At the heart of this fundraiser lies a profound purpose: raising $500,000 for scholarships that will open doors to a Christ-centered, mission-focused education. Weimar University has chosen to blaze its own trail by not accepting government funding, ensuring it can operate on biblical principles without interference. However, this also means that our students do not have access to federal aid or loans, which, unfortunately, creates a financial barrier for many.
“The main purpose of the fundraiser is to raise money for scholarships for those who cannot afford the tuition at WU,” explains Emily Martins, Director of Marketing, “but the organizers of the marathon were so impressed with our group last year that this year they have agreed to allow us to run a health expo at the finish line.” The students and faculty of the HEALTH program will be offering services like massage, prayer, blood pressure checks, nutritional counseling, blood glucose checks, natural remedy demonstrations, and more to minister to the runners, supporters, and spectators.
“I’m so excited to participate this year and to see the impact our health expo will make,” says Shiloh.