We're bacccckkkkk! The Father Ted's Annual 5K/10K Returns

This past Saturday, the 8th Annual Father Ted’s 5K Walk, 5K, & 10K returned to campus after a two-year hiatus. Named after former University president and founding father of ND TRiO, Reverend Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., the annual event has served as a key fundraiser to assist with supplemental programming resources for participants of ND TRiO since its inception in 2008. With a continuous increase in participants, supporters of the Father Ted’s 5K/10K were glad to see the race return. “Father Ted’s has always been a great experience. To see so many members of the community return to show their support for local students means a lot. It serves as an investment in their futures,” said returning runner, Amanda H. Director of ND TRiO, Ethan Zagore echoed her sentiments. “ND TRiO is one of the late Father Ted’s signature programs. For over fifty years, ND TRiO has received the support of the University and the South Bend community. Hiatus or not, we knew supporters of our students and the late Father Ted would show up.” With nearly 200 participants and a plethora of volunteers, "The Return" was a success. 

A special thanks to the following sponsors and contributors:

Michiana Timing

Four Winds Casino & Resourt

ND Hometown Scholarship Fund for South Bend Students

The Mark Tulchinsky Family

University of Notre Dame – RecSports

ND Irish Athletics


The South Bend Tribune

Martin’s Supermarket

Paul Micheal McCLeod DDS, Inc.

South Bend Family Dentistry – Trng K. Mai, DDS

Charity Begins at Home

University of Notre Dame – Office of Development

The Hollowell Family

Active Health and Wellness Center

Fleet Feet Sports – Mishawaka  

Whole Foods Market

Aldi Supermarket



Father Ted’s Race/Walk Committee Members – Alyssia Coates, Melissa Lindley, Michael Wanbaugh, ND TRiO staff, Lisa Heming, LaTonia Ferguson, TJ Brecht

Notre Dame Cheerleading

Notre Dame Marching Band 

University of Notre Dame Leprechan (mascot)