WKU fraternity runs from Bowling Green to Nashville in philanthropic effort

Alec Jessie

The Kentucky Beta chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at WKU will continue an old tradition this weekend when several of its members run the 67 miles to Nashville before WKU’s game against Vanderbilt in the “Run so They Can Ride” relay.

The tradition of running a football from WKU’s campus to an away game each year started many years ago, and it’s the first time this organization has done this in 49 years. The inspiration to revive this tradition began with Steamer Seafood restaurant owner and SAE alum Dale Augenstein, who pitched the idea to the chapter over the summer. 

Through this run, SAE plans to raise $15,000 that will go to providing bikes for people in Africa in their partnership with World Bicycle Foundation to supply bicycles for those in need. The sendoff for the run starts Friday at 5 p.m. on campus.

The 67-mile trek will take approximately 12 hours to run, as more than 20 members of SAE will run five mile increments each before hopping into a trailing van while alternating. SAE has a GoFundMe page for this event, and has taken cash and check donations as well.