Lyons Hall hosts 25th Mara Fox 5k Run

first_imgNatalie Weber | The Observer Participants of the 25th annual Mara Fox 5k Run sprint toward the finish line Saturday. The event is hosted by Lyons Hall in honor of Mara Fox, a former Lyons resident who was killed by a car in 1993.To honor Fox, who was a resident in Lyons Hall, former Lyons rector Sister Kathleen Beatty started a walk in Fox’s name. In the 25 years since Fox’s death, the event has grown into a campus-wide race to raise funds for a study abroad scholarship in Fox’s name. And on Saturday, Lyons Hall hosted the last official Annual Mara Fox 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk.“We had the first real official campus-wide Mara Fox Fun Run for two reasons — not just for the scholarship, but also to raise awareness about drinking and driving,” Beatty said. “So we had a lot of the campus dorms came and supported it and came out. We had people from the community.”More than 150 people attended this year’s race, sophomore Caroline Cooper, one of the race’s organizers, said. The scholarship funded by the race has grown to $300,000 and benefitted 51 students studying abroad in Toledo.“I think [the race] is important because it helps raise money for the Mara Fox scholarship which allows students to study abroad in Toledo, Spain, which was one of Mara’s dreams,” Cooper said. “Students — since the year she died — have been able to go and live out part of Mara’s dream, so we definitely feel very lucky that Mara’s watching over us in Lyons, too.”Senior Matthew Heeder is one such scholarship recipient. He said he participated in the race Saturday to support the scholarship that helped him achieve his goal of traveling to Spain.“Really, I wouldn’t be able to go without that [scholarship],” he said. “So [it’s] just unreal to come out here and give back in some tiny part of that and meet the family and thank them in person.”Of the race participants Saturday, freshman Michael Lee was the top male finisher and freshman Brianna Carlson was the top female finisher. Terry McCarthy, Fox’s stepfather, also participated in the race this year, a tradition he has kept up since the race was founded.“It has been the main motivator for me to keep running all these years,” he said Saturday. “I will be running the 5k today at 83, for the 24th time, and this year I’ve run 20 races so far. And the thing that has sustained me has been this wonderful devotion that we still have for Mara.”Teresa McCarthy, Fox’s mother, was also in attendance at the race. She said she remembers Fox for her spirit and love of the University.“She was our youngest daughter — youngest of three girls — and time comes, she was a military brat and had been moved around all her life, so when she came to Notre Dame, she knew it was going to be for a full four years and she loved it,” she said. “She loved her roommates, loved her studies.”Cooper also said in an email that Saturday’s run is not “necessarily the last run,” though Lyons Hall is looking into other possible fundraisers in honor of Mara.“The fate of the run and future fundraising events for Mara are still in flux at this time but there will still be events for Mara in the future,” Cooper said.Terry McCarthy said the University has promised to keep the scholarship fund going.“Now the family of Mara Rose Fox is completely assured that the scholarship will continue in perpetuity and that makes us feel just wonderful,” he said. “But we will continue to come back to Notre Dame for special occasions — either with the international studies or with Lyons Hall. We are eternally grateful to the fact that Lyons Hall, 25 years, has made this their signature event and brought all of these people together in memory of Mara Rose.”Beatty said she hopes the race leaves a lasting legacy that encourages people to take their decisions seriously.“It’s good that people keep learning and take responsibility and make better decisions in life,” she said. “That’s I think the goal for all of us as human beings is constantly growing and greater awareness of what we’re supposed to be doing in our lives.”Tags: Lyons Hall, Mara Fox, Mara Fox 5k Traveling to Spain with her parents, Mara Fox fell in love with Toledo. She hoped to study abroad there, and planned to pursue a minor in Spanish. She was enamored with the language and wanted to serve in Spanish-speaking communities.But she never had the chance to realize her dreams.In 1993, while walking back to campus, the then-freshman was hit and killed by a car. According to the South Bend Tribune, the driver “was still intoxicated at the time of his arrest,” though he was never convicted of drunk driving.last_img read more

This is why now is the best time of year to sell

first_imgJustin Nickerson reckons more bids are placed on properties in autumn.DON’T wait until the winter passes and the weather warms up again before you list your home for sale – now is the best time of year to sell.And the figure back it up.Analysis of more than 5000 auctions throughout Australia by online real estate auction streaming group Gavl has revealed more bids are placed on properties auctioned in March, April and May.Auctioneer and Gavl spokesman Justin Nickerson said the figures backed up what he had seen during ten years of working in the real estate market.Mr Nickerson said because there were not as many properties listed for sale in Autumn it meant there was more competition from buyers and the potential to maximise results.This also put those sellers in the box seat when it came time for them to buy, because they would most likely be buying in Spring when more properties were listed and competition was not so high. MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMING “It’s all about timing,’’ he said.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours ago“I think the kind of myth that has been perpetuated about Spring being the best time to sell has been borne out of a situation where the most properties come to the market at that time, so people actually see more listings and see more signs,’’ he said.“But that actually then becomes a counter productive situation you have a lot more properties come to the market but not a lot more buyers, which actually means conditions are less favourable at that given time.’’ Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:04Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:04 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMay 1: Real Estate Market Wrap08:04 “We tend to find that March, April and May tend to be the time that where you have got that nice balance, where there isn’t as many properties on the market, but buyer activity is at its strongest.’’The Gavl figures revealed the average number of bids in those months, were 24.1, 20.42 and 20.46.The only other month of the year to exceed 20 bids was February.Mr Nickerson said the average number of bids was one indication of market activity.last_img read more

Gold Coast beach house sells for $4.25 million in secret sale

first_imgThe ground level features a lawn and entertaining area. Four levels of luxury. Tolemy Stevens of Harcourts Coastal handled the off-market sale — he said the beachfront market was continuing the boom.“While most have witnessed the recent slowdown of the southern state markets, the Gold Coast luxury beachfront market continues to go from strength to strength and shows no signs of slowing,” he said.“I was working with this Brisbane based buyer for over 12 months to source the right property.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago He said the property offered the “ultimate beach lifestyle”.“This four-storey beach house was designed to reflect the best in exclusive living with interiors offering simplicity and style, an internal lift to all levels and secure parking for 4 cars as well as storage,” he said.“This residence features space for the whole family.”Property on the Gold Coast beachfront is in hot demand with several residences changing hands in recent weeks.center_img 1/5-9 Broadbeach Blvd, Broadbeach sold in a secret sale for more than $4 million.A GOLD Coast beach home has sold in a secret deal for more than $4 million.The property, a four-level house that’s part of Vogue on Broadbeach, went under contract for $4.25 million to a Brisbane-based buyer. There’s plenty of space to entertain here.Andrew Winter: Location, location, location WHY EVERYONE WANTS TO LIVE HERE MAGNIFICENT FROM EVERY ANGLE A Victorian developer snapped up a penthouse at Mermaid Beach for $5.25 million while a Brisbane-based buyer paid $4.6 million for a beachfront property at 13A Ocean View, Mermaid Beach. Another beachfront penthouse in the suburb also changed hands for $3 million.Further south a Casuarina home sold for $3.25 million.last_img read more