On September 20, 2014, we held the first On the Hill 5K race at
Saint Meinrad Archabbey. The 3.1-mile walk/run was a fundraiser for
Relay for Life. Participants ranged from monks and students to
co-workers, family and friends. The weather and the scenery made
the race a huge success!
The On the Hill 5K event was able to donate $1,000 to Relay for
Life from the participants who registered for the race. We had 76
participants complete the race, with the first runner crossing the
finish line at 18 minutes and 2 seconds.
A few comments from the participants:
"I just wanted to tell you how much fun the 5k was. It was such
a nice day for it. I am so happy I did it and finished. Of course
it helped that my hubby and kids came to do it with me. They have
already figured out that going up and down our driveway six times
is equal to 3 miles - they seem to be inspired to get mom
"I wanted to thank you for asking me to run in the 5K. I needed
that. Just being on the grounds, I felt the peacefulness you talk
"Running to me is similar to life. When you're running and
someone passes you up, it's like a moment in your life where you
may be set back or even at a standstill. When I have the
opportunity to pass that same person or anyone in the race, it
gives me a sense of hope that I am moving forward, just like in
life when something good happens."
The event will be held again next September. The committee and
volunteers are hoping that, with the success of this race, we will
have an even larger crowd in 2015.