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College of Nursing’s Precious Prints 5k Going Virtual, September 18 to 25

For the second year in a row, the Sprint for the Prints will be virtual due to COVID-19.

This event will support the Precious Prints Project, which provides free fingerprint charms to families who have lost a child. The project aims at helping families channel their grief in a healthy, compassionate way.

Hundreds of people have participated in this race over the last nine years, and the 2021 race is expected to draw large crowds again.

With the rise of COVID-19 cases and the increased infectious capability of the delta variant officials have made the decision to transition the hybrid event to a fully virtual event.

“As nurses and educators, we must lead by example to reduce the spread and protect health in our community and beyond,” said Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing. “While we are disappointed that we are unable to host our annual race in-person, we are excited to bring our network of supporters together in a virtual format.”

As the event is going virtual for the second year in a row it allows people from across the world to participate and support the Precious Prints Project.

“Compassion is the filter through which nurses deliver health care,” said Lynne Miller, director of the Precious Prints Project. “How can we not do the same now for our families and community by shielding their safety and providing for their health? Our goal for this event will continue to be to honor the families whose lives were devastated by the loss of a child and to ensure funding for the gift of a fingerprinted charm for those who come in the future.”

The virtual format allows participants to complete the 3.1 miles any time from September 18 to September 25 anywhere they feel safe. Registration for the run is open online now!




Kara Clark (, 865-974-9498)