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Marshall University Center Sponsors 5K Run, Oct. 30

By Staff | Oct 13, 2010

The Marshall Recreation Center Alum Run 5k Run/Walk will be held in conjunction with Marshall University’s homecoming weekend on Saturday, Oct. 30, beginning at 8 a.m.

The 15th annual event starts and finishes on third Avenue near Marshall’s Cam Henderson Center. Participants will run and walk through the streets of Huntington, then be treated to a post-race ceremony inside the Marshall Recreation Center. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be available at the post-race event.

The Alum Run, which has attracted more than 400 participants in the past, has become a staple during Marshall University’s homecoming weekend celebration, said event director Matt Weber.

“The Alum Run does its best to promote an active, healthy lifestyle,” Weber said. “Participating in this annual race is a good way to get started in that lifestyle or to continue your already active and healthy ways.”

This year’s race is partnering with Camp NEW You to provide volunteers and a portion of the race proceeds will go toward the camp.

Interested participants can sign up in advance until race day for $20 per person by visiting Marshallcampusrec.com and printing off the form or by picking up a copy at the Marshall Recreation Center during regular operating hours. The first 400 people to sign up will receive a long-sleeved shirt. All participants will receive items from the recreation center and other businesses.

Pre-race packet pick-up will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. the day before the race, Friday, Oct. 29, inside the Marshall Recreation Center. Participants also will have the option of signing up from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. on race day in front of Henderson Center. Cost at that time will be $25.

Payment is required in advance and only in the form of cash or check payable to MU Campus Rec Club. Payment may be dropped off at the recreation center or mailed to the Marshall Recreation Center at 402 Thundering Herd Dr., Huntington, WV 25755.

Participants may choose to participate in the community division, stroller division, or wheelchair division. Awards will be presented to the male and female overall top finishers and the top three finishers in the following age groups: 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70 & up. The top three male and female finishers in the stroller and wheelchair divisions will receive awards as well.

The Marshall Recreation Center, which opened in 2009 on Marshall’s Huntington campus, organizes and directs the race in collaboration with multiple organizations who volunteer their time on race day. The Alum Run is also seeking sponsors for the race. Interested sponsors or those looking for additional race information may call Weber at 304-696-4REC. Also, visit MarshallCampusRec.com for additional race information, including a course map, and information about the Marshall Recreation Center.