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Diploma Dash takes a giant stride forward with ING

(Jan. 7, 2004)--The University of Texas at San Antonio Alumni Association announces ING as presenting sponsor for the 20th annual Diploma Dash City Championship 5K Run and Fitness Walk. This year's event begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Convocation Center on the UTSA 1604 Campus.

"It doesn't get much better than this!" said Rick Keeler, chair of Diploma Dash 2004. "The fifth largest financial services company in the world brings with it a lot of prestige and clout, especially since this past year they were the presenting sponsor of the New York Marathon."

Troy Dryer, regional manager of ING, wanted to partner with UTSA on this major event because, as he puts it, "[this event] focuses on our market and, as the San Antonio city championship race, it attracts runners from all over this region."

ING has a long association with the UT System as a provider of optional retirement programs to the various component institutions.

Check-in and registration for Diploma Dash 2004 is 8 a.m. Feb. 28 with the race starting at 9 a.m. Presentation of awards is at 10:15 a.m.

Since the run began in 1984, it has evolved into one of the premier running events in San Antonio. In 1998 the run became San Antonio's city championship 5K race and is an official event of the San Antonio/Bexar County Fit City initiative.

Open to runners and walkers, the event benefits the UTSA alumni scholarship program (80 percent of proceeds) and UTSA track/cross country athlete scholarships (20 percent of proceeds). The certified 5K course is a flat, fast route through the UTSA campus following a 1.5-mile scenic route.

Registration forms are available at Roger Soler's Sports or at the Alumni Association Web site.

For more information, contact the UTSA Alumni Association at 210-458-4133.

--Tim Brownlee

University Communications
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