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Alumni Association laces up Island University


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by JAMIE FINK
Editor-in-Chief

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is giving students, faculty, staff, alumni and runners alike the opportunity to enjoy the scenic views of the Island Campus in the first ever 5K Island Run.

The 5K and 1K run will be held on Saturday, April 9, with two different start times of 7:30 a.m. for the 1K fun run and walk, and 8 a.m. for the start of the 5K. The 5K provides an opportunity for participants to experience the views of the Island University with a route that weaves through the campus overlooking the Oso Bay and the heart of the university.

“We’ve actually been kicking this idea around for two years now,” said Russell Wagner, Director of Engagement. “This run is a way for us to see if this is a better way for us to interact with the community and fundraise in a different way that we haven’t done before.”

The alumni run is the inaugural run for the Alumni Association. The run was originally scheduled to be held last year during homecoming, but Wagner said the same week, a popular color run 5K was also having the run that weekend, and the Alumni Association did not want to try and bump heads with a run that was so popular.

After tabling the idea for over a year, the Alumni Association finally set the date for their first ever run. Wagner said this time of year is just the perfect time for people to visit the campus and get out and enjoy the south Texas weather and run.

“This seemed like not only a good time during the school year, but the weather is great,” Wagner said. “We know people like to Beach to Bay warm-up runs and prepare for that. So this is a good opportunity for those people to get some training in before that event.”

Proceeds from the event will go toward the Class Agents Scholarship Program and as well as general funding for the Alumni Association.

“These scholarships benefit students in the positions we have set up within each college where these students job is to interact with their class, as well as once the graduate help interact with newer alumni,” Wagner said.

Wagner said the event will go on no matter the weather, unless there are hurricane type winds. BeFit, the production company for the race does events rain or shine and will be ready to go for those who do show up.

Registration for the event includes a custom Island Run T-shirt, runner packet and timing chip. Participants can register anytime online at www.islanderalumni.org/islandrun, however, there is no guarantee of a T-shirt after the early registration date.

The cost for the 5K is $25 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger and $15 for TAMUCC students with a SandDollar ID at the time of packet pickup. Awards will be given at the end of the run for various categories including: Overall Male and Female, and top three in each age category: 10 and younger, 11-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and older.

The Alumni Association will provide free parking for participants at the SandDollar Parking Lot near the second entrance at the university.

Packet pick-up will be on Friday, April 8, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Woo Sung Lee Alumni Welcome Center, 6129 Ennis Joslin Road.

Wagner said other than the inaugural Alumni 5K run, the Alumni Association has a lot of upcoming events in store, as well as possible chapter expansion in some cities planned for the future. The Alumni Association is looking to do more programming with students to help interact with students on how to be a better alumni and how they can be a good alumnus.

For more information, visit the Alumni Association website at www.islanderalumni.org, or contact Russell Wagner at 361.825.2352 or by email at [email protected]

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