As the snow begins to melt, students are spending more time outside and giving special thought to their summer plans. MSU’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB) are taking advantage of the great weather and hosting one of their biggest fundraisers — their annual Bozeman Without Borders 5K. Emma Annand, a sophomore studying Industrial Management and Systems Engineering and an EWB member of the money team, which is responsible for the chapter finances, met with the Exponent to talk about the fundraiser.

To prepare for the race, Annand’s main focus is on advertising for the event. From ordering logos and t-shirts to hiring a professional timer and food trucks, the EWB money team has been busy to prepare for the fundraiser. Last year there were about 170 runners in EWB’s Bozeman Without Borders 5K. This year, Annand says they are hoping for over 200. She advised interested runners to train for a lot of hills, but the events surrounding the run will make the hard work worth it. “At the end of the race there will be an after party with live music, a food truck and free beer by donation for our 21 and older participants,” Annand said. “All funds will go towards EWB’s mission of implementing water and sanitation projects in Khwisero, Kenya.”

EWB’s mission is to give people clean water and safe sanitation, what they consider a basic human right. This summer, a team of eight students will travel to Khwisero to implement a borehole well at a primary school and build stronger relationships with the communities and people they serve. “We hope to promote education by making it easier for children to justify going to school instead of walking an average of three miles to fetch unsafe drinking water,” Annand said of EWB’s goal for the Kenya trip this summer.

The race will take place on Friday, April 20 starting at the Lindley Center, where community members are invited to convene at 4:30 p.m. for the 6:00 p.m race around Peets Hill and Burke Park. Proceeds will help Annand and seven other MSU students as they travel to a Kenyan primary school to drill a drinking water well. Any and all are welcome. Register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/MT/Bozeman/BozemanWithoutBorders5K by April 6 for a discount price of $15 for students, children or teams of four or more, and $20 for adults before the prices increase. Sign ups will be available on the day of the race as well. To read more about EWB at MSU, visit http://www.ewb-msu.org/.