April 2, 2010
Registration under way for UI RiverRun
Registration is under way for the University of Iowa's 30th annual RiverRun, Sunday, April 25, when race participants can run, walk, or wheelchair the 5K and 10K courses that wind through Iowa City along the Iowa River.
The 5K and 10K races both begin at 9 a.m. at the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Madison Street. RiverRun is a 5k run/walk/wheelchair and 10K run/wheelchair race. Runners can participate individually or with friends by signing up for the 5K team competition. Proceeds from the race will benefit Uptown Bill's Small Mall of Iowa City, a collection of businesses owned and operated by people with disabilities.
"Last year, we had nearly 1,600 runners and raised over $32,000 for Uptown Bill's. This year we hope to do even better. Our goal is 2,000 runners and $35,000 for Uptown Bill's," said Matt Hoger, RiverRun Race director.
Runners may register the day of the race from 6:30 to 8:15 a.m. in the IMU's second floor ballroom, or prior to race day. Early registration discounts are available. Students also have the option of charging their registration to their U-Bill at the IMU Box Office.
The race will once again use chip timing to keep track of finishers. All runners must pick up a timing chip the morning of the race regardless of when a runner registered for the race. The chip must be affixed to the runner's shoe and returned after the race. Failure to wear or return the chip will result in no finishing time being recorded and a fine of $10.
RiverRun will have a Team Theme Competition. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams that dress in costume best related to their team name. Other activities include a 5K Team Competition; the 50-yard Hawkeye Hustle for children ages 2-8 at 10:30 a.m. at Hubbard Park; and a Fitness Fair where local vendors will be present from 9 a.m. to noon.
Awards will be presented to the winners of the 5K and 10K men's, women's and wheelchair divisions, as well as the top three males and females in each age division. All race participants are eligible to win prizes at the Fitness Fair, if present, after the race.
RiverRun is also looking for volunteers on race day.
To register for the race online, to volunteer or for more information, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~riverrun.
All questions regarding the race and accommodations should be directed to RiverRun Executive Director Amy Walz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-335-3846.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500