The 30th annual Kirk Goodwin Run will take place April 27. All proceeds will benefit the ACU students involved in the fatal car accident on Jan. 25.
This will be the 30th race marking three decades of contributions to the Abilene community.
The Kirk Goodwin Run is an annual charity run that was founded in 1984. Kirk Goodwin, former student at ACU, was involved in a car accident in the fall of 1983. He died early the following year. Kirk Goodwin was a member of Galaxy men’s social club in 1983 and was also on the ACU track team.
In honor of him and what he stood for, his friends and family put together a charity run that donates all of the proceeds to local medical needs, such as the victims of the Jan. 25 car accident. The family asked Galaxy to continue the run each year to help other families in similar situations.
In memory of Kirk Goodwin, Galaxy presents an annual 5K run to support causes much like his. All of the proceeds from this charity go to a family or cause with medical financial needs.Â The Kirk Goodwin Run has continued throughout the years to host this charity run to remember Goodwin and his faith, but to also donate to the local community.
Last year, the Kirk Goodwin Run raised over $7,000 to aid the Nov. 4, 2011, bus accident.
Because it will be the 30th annual run, the theme will focus on bringing retro back from the early ’80s.
Keith Carroll, senior marketing major from Abilene, said, “The Kirk Goodwin Run has and always will be based on Christian faith and will not shy away from it.”
Even though the event has ties to ACU, the Kirk Goodwin Run is somewhat separated from the school.