Diploma Dash 2006
Diploma Dash 2006

Get ready for 23rd Diploma Dash fundraiser

By Marcia Mattingly
Office of Alumni Programs

(Jan. 19, 2007)--The 23rd annual Diploma Dash 5K Run/Fitness Walk and City Championship Race, sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association, is Saturday, Feb. 17 at the UTSA 1604 Campus. Diploma Dash raises money for the UTSA alumni scholarship program, UTSA track and cross country scholarships, and alumni programs and services.

Early registration starts at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. Diploma Dash also serves as San Antonio's City Championship Race and is part of the university's Homecoming Week activities. The event is sponsored this year by The Capital Group Companies, an international investment management firm with a sizable office in San Antonio.

This year, for the first time in its history, Diploma Dash will be chip-timed and each participant will wear a computer chip on his or her shoe, enhancing the speed and accuracy of race results.

The race entry fee is $20 through Wednesday, Feb. 14, and $30 on race day. UTSA students who register at the Office of Alumni Programs before race day can enter for $10 with UTSACard. Registration for corporate teams is $250. Each participant receives a long-sleeved Diploma Dash t-shirt and "goodie bag."

The racecourse at the 1604 Campus offers a certified 5K flat and fast course for accomplished runners as well as a scenic 1.5-mile course for those who prefer an easier pace.

UTSA alumni Danny Zimmermann ('01) of Cleary Zimmermann Engineers and Cathy Starnes ('92) of Southwest Business Corp. are co-chairs of this year's Diploma Dash committee. "We anticipate a great turnout," said Zimmerman. "The Diploma Dash always attracts the best runners, sponsors and alumni who want to give something back to UTSA."

Cash prizes, trophies and running shoes will be awarded for men's and women's open champions. An additional prize of a round-trip American Airlines ticket will be awarded to the two top winners. Each ticket is to one of 48 American Airlines cities in the continental United States, Mexico, Canada or Caribbean.

Men's and women's masters (40+ years) category winners will receive cash prizes and trophies. Custom medals will be awarded in 13 age categories and to the winners in the Clydesdale and Filly divisions. The Corporate Team Challenge, the ROTC Challenge and the Student Challenge also are popular aspects of the race. A corporate partner can give support without registering a company team.

Other sponsors for the event are Humana, San Antonio Express-News, H-E-B, Liberty Mutual, the Sciano family, Roger Soler Sports, Security Service Federal Credit Union, Southwest Business Corporation, Valero Energy Corp., Cleary Zimmermann Engineers and Right Images Printing.

Participants can register online at the Diploma Dash Web site and entry forms are available at San Antonio area sports stores.

For more information, to register or to volunteer, visit the Diploma Dash Web site, contact the Alumni Association at (210) 458-4133 or e-mail

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