The third year of Dawn with the Dean is on a record pace with the largest turnout ever of Wake Forest University business students, faculty and staff making the three-mile foot journey around campus. With a temperature of 60 degrees, the weather was perfect to start the season. Runners of all ability levels pounded the pavement. Seasoned second year graduate students enthusiastically cheered on the first timers.
Dean of Business Steve Reinemund started this tradition because of his belief that exercise leads to both healthier bodies and sharper minds. He told participants, "We hope that through your involvement here, you will build a lifelong habit of physical fitness."
During these runs, students have the opportunity to chat with the Dean about the new school year and current events in the business world. When asked what motivates him to get up early for the Thursday morning event, Andy Rinehart (JD/MBA'13) laughed and joked, "I am a glutton for punishment. Seriously, it’s a great way to help stay in shape."
Rinehart, an Iraq War veteran, is among the most dedicated runners in the group, having attended almost every session last year. Always a good soldier, he helps keep track of fellow runners to ensure nobody gets lost or left behind.
It is not too late to lace up your sneakers and join in the fun! Dawn with the Dean happens every Thursday morning during the school year. The group gathers on the Wake Forest University campus in the Worrell Professional Center parking lot at 6:20 a.m. and departs at 6:30 a.m. sharp.