Kevin Song | The Observer Students participating in last year’s Holy Half brave the cold and snow to ultimately finish the race’s 13.1 miles.The 11th annual Holy Half Marathon will be held this Saturday. This year’s race will be filled with the maximum 1500 participants, as well as 500 waiting list members, and will benefit the local charities St. Margaret’s House and La Casa de Amistad.Holy Half President Katie Wood said the tradition started eleven years ago with only 80 runners and earned $1,000 for charity.“It was really these kids seeing, ‘Hey do you think we could run a half marathon?’” Maria Murphy, Vice Preisdent of the Holy Half, said, “So they decided to put one on, and a couple kids joined in. It’s expanded a lot.”This year’s race was capped off at 1500 runners, with 500 left on a waiting list.“We have a strict cap of 1500,” Kate Simons, chief of staff for the Holy Half, said. “The campus is not big enough to go bigger than that. So we’re going to keep it at 1500 for the foreseeable future.”Wood said registration for the race opened the first week in December, and the 1500-runner cap filled up by early January.“This is the earliest it’s ever filled up since we’ve been race directors … for the past three years,” Wood said.After beginning the race at the Stepan Center, the same starting place as last year, runners will embark on a 13.1 mile route that is a departure from past years.“This year is unique because of all the construction on campus,” Murphy said, “We’re still finalizing the course due to last minute changes we had to make. We’re avoiding the stadium and everything in that direction. We’re seeing a lot of the main sights of Notre Dame Avenue; we’re hitting both of the lakes, which are really nice to run along; God Quad; going up by the grotto.”Murphy said this year will feature another first – a spaghetti dinner on the Friday before the race.“Everyone can carbo-load, meet each other, get excited for the race,” she said, “We’re trying to expand it into more of a weekend experience, as opposed to a three-hour race.”For each of past two years, the Holy Half has raised $30,000 for charity, and all three race directors hope to exceed that figure this year.The charities the race benefits changes every year, but Simons said they make a point of choosing charities that have a connection with Notre Dame.“We always try to keep it within the South Bend community,” Wood said.According to their respective websites, La Casa de Amistad assists bilingual and bicultural members of the community in education and work, with an emphasis on Latinos, and St. Margaret’s House is a day center aiding homeless or suffering women and children in the area.Anne Arnason, a member of the charity committee and participant in this year’s race, said the club has “done charity days with both of the organizations. With La Casa we went … and toured their building and met with the director of their program, who told us what they do.”As an organizer, Arnason said she hopes the race “gives students an opportunity to know what their participation in the race is for. Both of the charities will be setting up a booth at the race for both runners and (spectators) to learn more about the organizations, which will hopefully give them a way to make known all the good things that they do for the South Bend community.”Murphy said emphasizing the charity aspect was the most important part of the race.“That’s obviously why we’re doing this,” she said. “We’re excited to raise money.”Tags: Anne Arnason, Holy Half, Kate Simons, Katie Wood, La Casa de Amistad, Maria Murphy, St. Margaret’s House, Stepan Center
Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded a 3D broadband marine seismic acquisition contract by ONGC for the planned 2017/2018 field season. The surveys are expected to take approximately five months with the main streamer vessel mobilizing to the APAC Region in the fourth quarter 2017.Irene Waage Basili, CEO of Shearwater comments: “This is the second consecutive year Shearwater will work for ONGC. A pleased customer is a repeat customer and we see this award as a testament of the quality of the deliverables from the Shearwater organization. We know the operational area well and in the challenging market we are all experiencing today, we are very pleased to have secured this contract which gives us full utilization for one of our vessels through the winter season.”Shearwater GeoServices is a marine geophysical services company, with a fleet of four seismic vessels, jointly owned by GC Rieber Shipping ASA and RASMUSSENGRUPPEN.“Shearwater has been operative since December 2016 and performance during the first year has exceeded the plans that formed the basis for establishing the company. We are proud to say that we have been able to maintain our solid financial platform despite a very challenging market situation through 2017,” says Irene Waage Basili.
Police in Miami- Dade county have arrested a 22-year-old man after he allegedly vandalized an area church.Roberto Rubio was taken into custody on Sunday after surveillance video captured him shattering windows and smashing potted plants at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, located near Southwest 107th Avenue and Miller Drive.He has since been charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure and was given a $5,000 bond.Rubio was also ordered to stay away from the house of worship.
England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate has praised the humility of Luke Shaw as his side qualified for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.The Young Lions beat Croatia 4-2 on aggregate to reach the tournament, which will be held next summer, with Manchester United’s £30million summer signing playing in both games.Southgate has hailed the youngster’s attitude to the games having missed out on selection for Roy Hodgson’s senior squad and he feels it bodes well if other players start taking his lead.He told Kick Off: “You only have to talk to Luke Shaw to see how much he enjoyed the two matches. He played extremely well and Croatia were a fantastic test for him. He’s shown humility to come down and fit in with the group and that’s what you hope for but it isn’t a given that that happens.“Raheem Sterling was the same when he came down and played with us earlier in the year and if we can start to breed that mentality in our players then it gives them a great chance of being successful.”