The 2013 Dragon Fire Walk for Athletics is now officially in the books, and once again, the event was a success.

As of Monday, $50,500 was raised from this year’s event, with all proceeds going to Dragon athletic scholarships.

“Everyone was a winner in the 8th Annual Dragon Fire Walk,” MSUM athletic director Doug Peters said. “The participation of our alumni, friends, students and community made me proud to be a Dragon.  Alumni were back from all over the country and it was great to hear the successes they are having in their professional and personal lives.  It is inspiring to have our Dragon alumni come out and give back to Dragon Athletics to provide the same opportunity they had when they competed to today’s student-athletes.”

The Dragon Fire Walk kicked off on Monday, April 22 with a ceremonial walk around campus, led by Walk Leaders Anna VanWechel and Corey Ulmer.  Nearly 150 MSUM student-athletes, coaches and staff member stook part in the ceremonial walk.

The annual Walk the Dragon campaign, which is sponsored by the MSUM bookstore, also kicked off on Monday. Walk the Dragon is a five-day event in which participants walk a six-site course throughout campus, getting a stamp at each of the sites. The bookstore then donates a sum of money for each completed form turned in. The goal this year was 1,000 walks, and the final count was 1,338 (244 walks, 70 wellness center workouts and 1,024 practices). By the time the week was done, $2,000 was raised through walk the Dragon, bringing the amount raised in the eight years of the event to $20,000.

Read more about the Dragon Fire Walk.