Colorado State University Health and Exercise Science 5k Homecoming Race a Strong Tradition

Over the past 25 years, Colorado State University’s Department of Health and Exercise Science annual 5K Race has become a staple event among other Homecoming activities. This year’s race begins at 7:45 a.m. Oct. 7 at the Oval on the Colorado State campus. A free Kids Fun Run starts at 8:45 a.m. at the Oval immediately following the 5K race.

     The number of race participants has grown from 100 to more than 1,200 since the race was originated, and this year organizers hope to have a record turnout. Typically, groups running the race include student groups from residence halls, fraternities and sororities, running clubs and community groups such as the department’s Attack Pack, a group of people who are heart attack survivors who exercise together and encourage each other to have a healthy lifestyle. Many of the runners are dressed in costumes, hats and face paint to support the Rams.

     The public is welcome to participate in the race, which runs on a flat course through the university’s campus.  

     The kid’s race is a part of the Healthy Kids Run Series sponsored by Poudre Valley Health Systems. Cam the Ram starts the race, and all finishers receive ribbons.

To pre-register for the race, contact Colorado State’s Department of Health and Exercise Science at (970) 491-5081, register online at or in person at Foot of the Rockies or Runners Roost. Race-day registration will start at 6:30 a.m. and closes promptly at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $23 before 5 p.m. Oct. 6, and $27 on race day. Race entry includes a long-sleeved T-shirt, and all proceeds benefit Colorado State’s Heart Disease Prevention Program.

     The Heart Disease Prevention Program provides an opportunity for individuals to be screened for all the risk factors of heart disease.

     For more information about the race, call (970) 491-5081 or e-mail