Colorado State University Hosts 30th Annual Homecoming 5K Race

The 30th anniversary Homecoming 5K race at Colorado State University will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the university’s historic Oval.

The race, which welcomes runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels, takes participants through a flat course around campus and also includes a Kids Fun Run led by Cam the Ram shortly after the conclusion of the 5K, around 9 a.m.

Early registration, which ends at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, is $20. Registration by 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 is $25, and race day registration is $30. Groups of 20 or more receive a discount on their registration fees. Registration includes a long-sleeved t-shirt.

Online registration is available until 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 at Race day registration is available in person only. Other registration locations include the Department of Health and Exercise Science at CSU, which sponsors the event, at Moby, B-wing, Room 220; Foot of the Rookies at 150 E. Harmony Road Unit 2C; and Runner’s Roost at 2720 Council Tree Ave. Suite 112.

Proceeds from the race benefit the Heart Disease Prevention Program at the department’s Human Performance Clinical/Research Lab. The laboratory provides screening to the public and specific professional groups such as police officers and fire fighters for heart disease risk factors. Screenings include personal and family history, a maximal treadmill test, an examination by a physician, blood lipid analysis and body composition assessment, along with personally tailored results and counseling.

Prizes will be awarded to the top-three finishers in each age division. A drawing for participant prizes will take place during the awards ceremony. Food and drinks for all participants will be provided following the race.

CSU’s on-campus students are challenged to participate in the Homecoming 5K through the Residence Hall Challenge. The Residence Hall floor with the highest percentage of participants will be awarded a traveling trophy and a pizza party for the hall.

Race sponsors include gold-level sponsors at $5,000 from CSU’s Youth Sport Camps, the Poudre Valley Health System and ReMax Northern Colorado Offices. Silver-level sponsors at $2,500 are the CSU Bookstore and Triple Crown Sports. Bronze-level sponsors at $500-$1,000 are The Egg and I, Orthopaedic and Spine Center of the Rockies, Markley Motors, Miramont Lifestyle Fitness, Dell, Gay and Karan Israel, and Ren and Sharon Jenson. The race artwork was donated by Sam Cooper Design.

The Department of Health and Exercise Science is in the College of Applied Human Sciences.