Annual Colorado State University Homecoming and Family Weekend 5K Race Slated for Oct. 6

Runners will take their marks at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 to start the annual Colorado State University Homecoming and Family Weekend 5K, with the starting point on the university’s Oval.

The 32nd annual race involves a flat course throughout campus for serious and novice runners and walkers, as well as a Kids Fun Run, led by CAM the Ram. The children’s run is part of the Kids Run Series associated with Poudre Valley Hospital.

Last year’s race gathered more than 2,100 participants – and another 850 children in the fun run –and was one of the fastest races clocked in the city. The race welcomes runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels.

Registration is available online at Early registration ends Sept. 28 and is $20; late registration is available for $25 until 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, when online registration closes. Race-day registration in person is available for $30 until 7:30 a.m. Registration includes a long-sleeved t-shirt.

Other registration locations include the Department of Health and Exercise Science at CSU, which sponsors the event, at Moby, B-wing, Room 220; Altitude Running at 150 E. Harmony Road Unit 2C; and Runner’s Roost at 2720 Council Tree Ave. Suite 112.

Proceeds from the race will benefit CSU’s Heart Disease Prevention program, which is part of the Human Performance Clinical Research Laboratory. 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.

Sponsors include Poudre Valley Hospital, CSU Youth Sport Camps, Re/Max Northern Colorado Offices, CSU Bookstore, Triple Crown Sports, The Egg and I, Orthopedic and Spine Center of the Rockies, Gay and Karan Israel, Ren and Sharon Jensen, Markley Motors, Miramont Lifestyle Fitness, Sam Cooper Design, Advantage Chiropractic, Berkana Rehabilitation Institute and Eyecare Associates.

The Human Performance Clinical Research Laboratory and the Department of Health and Exercise Science is in the College of Applied Human Sciences.