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Clobie Kilt Run kickstarts inaugural events

April 17, 2015

Michelle Ravel / The Courier

Wednesday, April 15, MC Wellness and Art Alliance hosted a 5K race around Monmouth to celebrate the week of the inauguration of President Clarence Wyatt.

“The race originated with the idea to involve both the campus and the Monmouth community in Inauguration Week,” stated Ashley Sims, director of wellness. “We wanted to provide a fun activity to get people outside and running.”

The name of the race, ’Clobie’, is a combination of the President’s name, Clarence, and the name of his wife, Lobie. This title is meant to honor their celebrity-esque status on campus.

Michelle Ravel / The Courier

“The first time we heard that term was at a football game last fall,” said Stone. “The pep squad yelled it at us as we were walking by.”

President Wyatt and Stone both attended the race, and the President took part in the run alongside 118 other participants, including members of the community, Monmouth College faculty, and students from the local high school and college.

The high level of attendance for the event was in part due to its lack of a registration fee, but many participants took part in the race to celebrate its Scottish nature. Two Monmouth College students played the bagpipes for the runners, and numerous people in attendance wore kilts.

Michelle Ravel / The Courier

This race was the first ever held to celebrate Inauguration Week. The light-hearted tone of the event represented the positive attitude that President Wyatt and Lobie have brought to the Monmouth College campus throughout the 2014-2015 school year.

“This year has been fast and wonderful,” said President Wyatt. “A lot of good things have happened and a lot of good things will continue to happen. This campus has a great spirit.”

The Inauguration ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. today outside of Wallace Hall. At this ceremony, Clarence Wyatt will be officially installed as the 14th president of Monmouth College, a role he has filled since July 1, 2014.

Penny Flynn
Contributing Writer

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