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5K ‘selfie’ race on Saturday, Nov. 14

Emma Toomire and Bailey Kump are a dynamic duo. The Burnsville High School seniors are leading a DECA chapter project for a 5K race on Saturday, Nov. 14 in Burnsville to benefit the Masonic Cancer Center (MCC), a foundation of the University of Minnesota.  

“The theme of the race 5K will be ‘Selfies’,” said Emma. “People will take pictures of themselves and/or the people they are running with and  use the #WatchMeRun which will be updated to a live Twitter feed during the race.”

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After lots of research, Emma selected MCC to benefit from the race because it allowed her to choose a specific cancer fund and to have the most freedom to make the project their own.

“We want the money to go specifically towards Myeloma research, because a close family friend and godfather of our DECA advisor, Meggan Malone, died in August from multiple myeloma,” said Emma in referring to Don Bowyer, who taught in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 for 38 years.

Emma and Bailey have been working with the City of Burnsville and MCC to set up the race and are promoting it. They’re recruiting other DECA students to volunteer at it. For more information on the race, follow them on Twitter @Selfie5k or like their Facebook event page Selfie 5k. Go to to register for the run.

“Emma and Bailey have spent a remarkable amount of time planning and preparing for the Burnsville DECA Selfie 5K,” said Malone. “These two amaze me. They are extremely motivated and creatively solve problems and issues if they arise.”

Last year, the duo worked with a local business to develop a holiday beverage then marketed it for a worthy cause. With that project, they qualified for state DECA competition.

Malone said DECA provides Burnsville High School students with real-world learning experiences related to future careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, entrepreneurship and management.

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Posted: Friday, November 13, 2015 - 08:30