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Knoxville Runners: College of Nursing’s Precious Prints 5k will be held October 1 through 8

For the tenth year in a row, UT’s Student Nurses Association will host its annual Sprint for the Prints 5K Run and Walk.

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

This year’s event will include an in-person Kick-off Celebration on October 1 at UT Gardens. The celebration will feature fun family activities, maps of sample courses, and t-shirt pickup. There will also be a time of remembering the children through a fingerprint board, time of reflection, an official start for those who choose to participate on their own.

This year’s run will be held virtually. The virtual format allows participants to complete the 3.1 miles any time from October 1 to October 8.

UT nursing students manage the project in its entirety. They collect funds year-round to buy materials to produce the charms, and train nurses in area hospitals on obtaining fingerprints and caring for the families during their devastating loss.

“Working with the Precious Prints Project as one of the race chairs this year has made the Sprint for the Prints 5k is extra special to me,” said Olivia Gossard, senior nursing student. “Nothing is more rewarding than witnessing how much the Precious Prints Project impacts recipients and how willing the community is to provide their support. This event is something I look forward to every year and it is so exciting to see how the Precious Prints Project expands with every race!”

Lynne Miller, an instructor in the College of Nursing and director of the Precious Prints Project, said that this race, while exciting and fun, is a way to ensure that funding will be available to continue providing this gift to families who experience the loss of a child.

“Sprint for the Prints is a time when participants remember the life of a precious child. Whether it is coming together for a kick-off event or participating virtually, the opportunity to honor these families and remember the children remains our focus. The project also relies on financial support from this event to continue to provide for these families.” Miller added.

Registration for the run is open online now!

CONTACT:

Kara Clark Cardwell (kmclark2@utk.edu, 865-974-9498)