Faculty, staff, students: Get ready for UTSA Diploma Dash 5K

Diploma Dash 2009

Diploma Dash 2009

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(Jan. 20, 2010)--It's time for UTSA faculty, staff and students to start training at the Recreation Center to participate in the 26th annual UTSA Alumni Diploma Dash 5K San Antonio City Championship Race and Fitness Walk . Proclaimed by Mayor Julian Castro the San Antonio city championship, the popular event is Saturday, Feb. 27 on the UTSA Main Campus. Race-day registration, packet pick-up and stretching will begin at 8 a.m. at the Convocation Center with the starting gun firing at 9 a.m. Family participation is welcome.

There is a host of community sponsors, and alumni and UTSA volunteers promise a morning of exercise, great amenities and prizes. Sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association, proceeds benefit the UTSA Alumni Scholarship Fund, UTSA track athletes, and alumni programs and services.

New this year is the UTSA Department Team 5K Challenge for faculty and staff members. Faculty and staff can form one or more teams of five persons at $25 per runner; register by Wednesday, Feb. 24 in the UTSA Office of Alumni Programs, University Center Room 2.00.10, Main Campus.

Scores of the five team members will be averaged to determine the winning team, and a trophy is awarded to the department to show off until next year's Department Team 5K Challenge. Each team member must sign the waiver on the Diploma Dash registration form. For more information on the Department Team 5K Challenge, contact Cherilyn Patteson at 210-458-4133.

With a new racecourse around the Main Campus, the route is a certified, 5K flat and fast course for runners and a scenic 1.5-mile course for walkers. The race is chip-timed.

Medals and prizes will be awarded in Open, Masters and 13 age categories. Compete in the Corporate Team Challenge, UTSA Student Team Challenge or ROTC Challenge. A new Event Record prize for male and female will be offered. Special divisions include Clydesdale (male, 190 pounds and up) and Filly (female, 140 pounds and up) and a Wheelchair division, with first-, second- and third-place medals given to men and women. Each registrant will receive a long-sleeved event t-shirt and goodie bag.

Co-chairs for this year's event are Susan Campbell '89 and Jennifer Villarreal '06. Committee members are April Ancira '03, Catherine Austin '07, Tim Boeder, Doug Campbell, Glenn Errhalt '88, Gerardo Escamilla '98, Omar Hernandez, Steven Langley '05, Debbie Prost '79, Joey Ramos '00, Sloan Thomas and Ed Zapata '08.

>> Register by midnight, Wednesday, Feb. 25 for $25, $35 on race day. UTSA student registration is $10; form a team for the Student Team Challenge with any number of runners. Children age 14 and under are encouraged to sign up for only $10 as part of the special Diploma Dash Kids Program sponsored by H-E-B; each registrant gets a goodie bag, t-shirt and certificate.

>> Register online by midnight, Feb. 24 at Active.com or on the UTSA Alumni Web site.

For details, call the UTSA Office of Alumni Programs at 210-458-4133.