News Story

September 28, 2017

La Roche to Host 5K Race Benefiting Hurricane Relief Student Aid Fund

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 28, 2017 – In response to the devastation caused by the Atlantic hurricanes, La Roche College will hold a 5K race to meet the needs of its 53 students from the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.


The co-educational 5K will take place on Saturday Oct. 21 at 9:30 a.m. The event is open to the public at the cost of $25 per entry. Participants may run or walk the course, which starts and finishes in front of the Kerr Fitness & Sports Center on the La Roche campus.


The race will benefit La Roche’s Hurricane Relief Student Aid Fund, which will finance the educational and living expenses of students who have been affected by the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. Currently the La Roche student body includes 50 U.S. Virgin Islands students, including 28 from St. Thomas and 22 from St. Croix, and three Puerto Rican students from Guaynabo, Dorado and San Juan.


The course will cover campus grounds and the adjacent Providence Heights property, including areas of the Motherhouse pond, Baierl Athletic Complex and the main road that goes through the La Roche campus. 


Awards will be given to the top three male runners and top three female runners. The race will be timed by Miles of Smiles. La Roche will post results on the doors of the Kerr Fitness & Sports Center and on the Miles for Smiles site the following day.


In case of inclement weather, runners may use the Kerr Fitness & Sports Center to sit out any storm. Please be prepared to deal with adverse weather conditions.


Submit entries at no later than Oct. 18. To make an emergency donation online, visit or mail a check payable to: La Roche College Hurricane Student Aid Fund, 9000 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. 


For more information about the 5K, contact Race Director Jeff Dailey: 412-536-1045 or


About La Roche College: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one doctoral program, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences, as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,500 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche College embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche College educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.