Posted by: allisonbarnes | February 22, 2011

Chapel Hill Bellieves in Love

The entire Women's Tennis team came out and ran the 5k.

The Carolina Dream team hosted the first iBellieve in Love 5k on Sunday, February 13. The race not only brought beautiful weather, but brought support from both the community and UNC student-athletes for the iBellieve Foundation.

The iBellieve Foundation seeks to find a cure for Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) II Hunter Syndrome, a rare disease that founder and CEO Simon Ibell has himself.  In October the Dream Team met with Ibell and immediately knew they wanted to collaborate with him.  Together the iBellieve in Love 5K was created.

All throughout the event you could see Carolina Athletics. Whether it was UNC Athletic Director Dick Baddour starting the race or student-athletes on the course to cheer you on, Carolina athletes were noticed. The race was even DJ by senior Swimmer Josh Hafkin.

“It was a great honor to be able to DJ the 5k,” said Hafkin. “We wanted to support those running with some great tunes and also take part in such an amazing cause.”

The race was a huge success with over 200 registered runners. The event included food, music and a giant moon bounce. Durham’s MHAworks not only was one of the sponsors of the 5k, but several staff members ran in the race.

The MHAworks group sporting their iBellieve shirts before the race.

Runners from MHAworks

“It was a perfect day for running, and a lot of people joined together to support a great cause,” said Drusilla Hatley, an interior designer for MHAworks. “The whole MHAworks team had a lot of fun!”

Another group that supported the race was Charles House, a daytime facility for older adults located in Carrboro. UNC student-athletes volunteer throughout the year at the House, so the staff wanted to support them by participating in the run.

The iBellieve in Love 5k hopes to continue to grow in the years to come in order to raise awareness for Hunter Syndrome.  To learn more about how you can support the iBellieve Foundation, click HERE.

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