I ran the 5k course at the fourth annual Southern Virginia University Knight Run and stayed afterward to enjoy the wonderful Polynesian Luau put on by the Multicultural Club. The entire evening was a pleasure. The energy in the air as the race began was almost palpable. The Knight Run also featured a “powder lane” for those of us who wanted to get colorful powder thrown all over us as we ran around downtown Buena Vista.
The overall winners of the 5k were Jefferson Chandler, Mike Bangerter, and Caleb West in the male division and Leah Huber, Bobbe Graham, and Kacie Shifflett in the female division. Along with the overall winners, a number of winners in specific age divisions received prizes donated by generous sponsors. You can view the full race results online.
Following the 5k, the Multicultural Club performed a variety of dances from several different Polynesian islands. One of the highlights of the night was seeing one member of the club, Chris Harper, propose to MaggieLou Tafua, who was dressed as a “Polynesian princess.” The assembled crowd responded with resounding enthusiasm and support for the couple. The evening concluded with the grand finale: an authentic fire dance. All in all, I loved having the chance to enjoy such a memorable evening with my Southern Virginia family.
(Post by Hannah King ’13. Photos by Matt Anderson ’17 and Sarah Foster ’19.)