In efforts to promote Hanyang spirit among students and provide financial aid to those suffering from the COVID-19, the Office of External Affairs and Development (OEAD) held an event called Untact Race Hanyang. This individual marathon is open to all members of Hanyang University, including students, alumni, professors, and staff.
The guidelines for participation are fairly simple: register on the OEAD website (hyfund.hanyang.ac.kr) from October 13 to November 13, download the app “Longest Run,” search for Untact Race Hanyang, and make sure to turn on the GPS feature to automatically record and upload your run. When registration and payment are complete, participants are given one month from their registration date to finish the race. As a reward, every participant receives a set of three masks and a sports towel. Anyone who runs 50km will receive a Nike headband, and groups of more than 20 that run 50km will each receive a HYLion keyring as well. A special rewards event is also planned for the finale of the marathon.
According to Park Tae-jun, a staff member from the OEAD, Untact Race Hanyang holds a very special purpose. “Due to COVID-19, people are spending so much time indoors, resulting in less human connection, exercise, and activeness. The pandemic caused financial damages to college students as well,” said Park, “The goal of Untact Race Hanyang is to rejuvenate life, help those suffering from such damages, and ultimately practice ‘love in deed and truth’ altogether.”