INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A University of Indianapolis professor plans to run 162 miles across the state to support her students.
Dr. Laura Santurri is an avid runner. All of the races she signed up for in 2020 were canceled, but her goals never changed. She spoke with her trainer and decided to run across the state.
This is the most number of miles she has ran in four days. The race is from Terre Haute to Richmond. Monday and Tuesday Dr. Santurri will run east from Terre Haute to the UIndy campus, that’s about 42 miles each day. Wednesday and Thursday it’s 80 miles total from Richmond back to the campus.
The purpose of the run is to raise money for a scholarship fund for the students in the Health and Aging Studies program.
“I am proud of them normally, but especially so during the pandemic because many of these students are on the frontlines,” UIndy assistant professor of Interprofessional Health and Aging studies Dr. Laura Santurri said. “We have students who are working in long-term care facilities who are giving extra care to older adults and their families. We have a lot of physical and occupational therapists and they are helping people recover from COVID and establishing post-COVID care units.”
All of the funds raised will go towards two graduate programs and one doctoral program at the university.
Dr. Santurri’s husband will be with her to make sure she has food and water. Plus, a good friend from Ohio will tag along for a portion of the run.
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