APO to Hold Annual Anything is PAULssible 5K

A photo from the 2017 5K (Photo courtesy of Anything Is Paulssible 5K)

A photo from the 2017 5K (Photo courtesy of Anything Is Paulssible 5K)

By Gauri Mangala, Co-Features Editor

Alpha Phi Omega – Iota Omicron (APO) is set to host its fifth annual “Anything is PAULssible” 5K in honor of the late APO member Paul Detweiler, who passed away in the summer of 2013 from a brain tumor. The 5K will take place at 9:30 a.m. on April 15, 2018.

Paul Detweiler inspired APO brothers both during his life and after he had passed away. On the 5K’s website, paulssible5k.weebly.com, Paul is quoted stating, “If cancer has taught me anything, it’s to be grateful for the ones around you and appreciate the little things. I’m so blessed to be in this world, and to have people who care about me so much.”

In a blog post on the website, Paul’s mother, Julie Detweiler, republished Paul’s application to APO, in which he stated that if he could design and execute any service project, he would “want to set up a 5K race available for anyone to participate in that would raise money for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or the Suicide Awareness Voice of Education organization.” After his passing, members of APO went forth with Paul’s wishes and established the Anything is PAULissble 5K in Paul’s memory.

Funds from the 5K go toward the Paul Detweiler Memorial Scholarship Fund and towards continuing the 5K. Every year, one incoming student who exemplifies Paul’s remarkable qualities is awarded a scholarship from the Memorial Fund.

Participants can take part in the race on campus or register as a virtual runner if they cannot make it to Gettysburg. People who would like to donate rather than register as a runner can do so on the “Anything Is PAULssible 5K 2018” GoFundMe page.

The Anything is PAULssible 5K is one of those events where members of the community, both within and outside of the college, come together to support one another for a cause greater than any one person. Alpha Chi Rho, the fraternity Paul was hoping to rush, along with Gettysburg College Campus Recreation, Antica Napoli Pizza, CAB Gettysburg, and Mr. G’s are all supporting the 5K as co-sponsors with APO.

“Even if you didn’t know Paul, it is still really important [to participate] and impactful for people to come,” said Brittany Bondi ’19, a member of the 5K’s committee. “His family comes every year and the more people they see, the better they feel.”

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Author: Gauri Mangala

Gauri Mangala '21 is originally from Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Gauri previously served on her high school newspaper, The Playwickian, staff as a staff writer, editorial board member, Features Editor and Managing Editor. Aside from her work with the Gettysburgian, Gauri is a news and national writer for Fresh U's class of 2021. She hopes to study International Affairs and Anthropology during her time at Gettysburg.

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