Race Dashes Records
The 27th Annual UTSA Diploma Dash 5K San
Antonio City Championship Race & Fitness
Walk drew record-breaking crowds.
An estimated 2,300 attended the February
dash, which included 1,930 runners, surpassing last
year’s 1,238 total by more than 50 percent.
The race was established in 1984 to raise money
for student scholarships and alumni programs. Race
co-chair and alumni board member Melissa Aguillon
said the association raised close to $25,000
"We’ve always had a strong support base and we
had a really good response this year," Aguillon said.
"Our Diploma Dash has now become known as one of
the city’s premier 5K events–it’s been exciting to see
our event grow this year."
More than 800 students ran in the race, an
increase of 500 from last year. Corporate and individual
running teams made up the rest of the participants–The Capital Group led the way with 15 sponsored
teams; Valero had five teams.
The association awarded prizes and medals in a
variety of categories. Chass Armstrong came in first in
the Overall category with a time of 15:27.
One of the sponsors was alumna and committee
member Catherine Austin ’07, who owns Run Wild
Sports in the Pearl Brewery complex. Austin hosted
two packet pick-up days at her store. "I love going
back to UTSA," she said. "It was a lot of fun and a
Jim Mickey ’78, associate vice president for
alumni programs and marketing, said he’s happy
with the event’s success. "We would like to thank all
our participants and sponsors, especially Time Warner
and H-E-B," he said.
By Vincent T. Davis