UTSA's 26th annual Diploma Dash 5K race and fitness walk is Feb. 27

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Mayor Julian Castro presents a proclamation naming UTSA Alumni Diploma Dash the official City Championship Race and Fitness Walk to Diploma Dash co-chairs Susan Campbell '89 and Jennifer Villarreal '06 (former Ms. UTSA).

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(Feb. 10, 2010)--The 26th annual UTSA Alumni Diploma Dash 5K San Antonio City Championship Race and Fitness Walk will feature a new course around the UTSA Main Campus on Saturday, Feb. 27. A host of community sponsors, UTSA alumni and volunteers promise a morning of exercise, great amenities and prizes. There will be door prizes, giveaways and extras for winners in 14 age categories. Proclaimed the San Antonio City Championship by Mayor Julian Castro, Diploma Dash proceeds benefit the Alumni Scholarship Fund, UTSA track student-athletes, and alumni programs and services.

>> The new racecourse is a certified, 5K flat and fast course for runners and a scenic 1.5-mile course for walkers. The race is chip-timed. Families are welcome. Each registrant will receive a long-sleeved event t-shirt and goodie bag. Race-day registration, packet pick-up and stretching will begin at 8 a.m. at the Convocation Center and the starting gun will fire at 9 a.m.

Medals and prizes will be awarded in Open, Masters and 14 age categories. Compete in the Corporate Team Challenge, UTSA Student Team Challenge or ROTC Challenge. A New Event Record prize for male and female also 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 for men and women.

Registration is $25 for individuals by midnight, Wednesday, Feb. 24, and $35 on race day. UTSA students can register for $10 and can 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; there's a special DipDash Kids program sponsored by H-E-B just for them and each registrant receives a goodie bag, t-shirt and certificate.

New this year is the UTSA Department Team 5K Challenge for faculty and staff. The scores of the five team members will be averaged to determine the winning team, and a trophy will be awarded to the department to show off until the next year's Department Challenge. Faculty and staff can form one or more teams of five persons for $25 each runner, and register before Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the UTSA Office of Alumni Programs on the Main Campus. Each team member of the team must sign the waiver on the Diploma Dash registration form Web site. For more information, contact Cherilyn Patteson at 210-458-4133. Register online at www.active.com or the UTSA Alumni

Co-chairs for Diploma Dash 2010 are Susan Campbell '89 and Jennifer Villarreal '06, a former Ms. UTSA. Committee members are April Ancira '03, Catherine Austin '07, Tim Boeder, Doug Campbell, Glenn Errhalt '88, Gerardo Escamilla '98, Omar Hernandez, Steven Langley '05, Joey Ramos '00, Sloan Thomas and Ed Zapata '08.

Hosted by the UTSA Alumni Association, the community sponsors of Diploma Dash 2010 include H-E-B, Liberty Mutual, San Antonio Federal Credit Union, Run Wild Sports, AccuPrint, The Capital Group Companies, San Antonio Express-News, Tesoro Corp., RunOn! Sports, Time Warner Cable, AXA Advisors, SWBC, Security Service Federal Credit Union, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Today's Dentistry ...Today!, Soler's Sports, Ancira Automotive, SBS Construction Co., TriSition Area Sports, Frost, Nix Healthcare System and many families and individuals who support the UTSA Alumni Association Scholarship Fund through their contributions to Diploma Dash each year.

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