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UT students will host the sixth annual Barefoot 5K Sunday, October 25 at Sequoyah Hills Park, 1400 Cherokee Boulevard.

The event is organized by a service-learning class in the Haslam College of Business to raise funds for Samaritan Place, an emergency shelter for the elderly.

Barefoot 5K“The Barefoot 5K allows students to break ties with the normal classroom setting and create a hands-on learning experience which benefits the local community,” said Ernest Cadotte, Fischer Professor of Innovative Learning. “The students are looking forward to bringing the community together and raising funds for Samaritan Place.”

Samaritan Place is in its fourteenth year of providing shelter and support for low-income seniors and is the nation’s only program offering a complete continuum of care—from emergency to long-term housing.

Kaila Slagle, a senior in marketing and CEO of the Barefoot Benefit executive team, said she and her classmates feel honored to raise funds for such a worthy organization.

“Our team’s hard work and planning will not only impact our lives but also the seniors who count on Samaritan Place when they have nowhere else to go,” said Slagle. “We are excited to create a race day filled with activities people of all ages can support.”

Registration and activities begin at 1:00 p.m. and the run/walk will begin at 2:30 p.m. The event includes music, food, games, raffles, and family-friendly activities. Runners can choose to wear shoes or go barefoot.

Tyra Haag (865-974-5460,

Kaila Slagle (865-387-3592,