Annual 5K Homecoming race will be held on the Oval

Zara DeGroot

(Photo credit: CSU Public Relations Department)
(Photo credit: CSU Public Relations Department)

The 34th annual 5K Homecoming race will take place Saturday in the Oval as part of Colorado State University’s 100 year anniversary Homecoming celebration. The race will be held from 8 a.m. until 9:15 a.m. The top three finishers in each age division will be awarded prizes.

“This is an event that brings everyone together,” said Megan Pattee, a senior health and exercise science major. “Some teachers are giving out extra credit to students who come.”


The race is a family-friendly event. There will be a free Kids Fun Run led by Cam the Ram at 9 a.m. The children who participate in at least four of the eight kids runs will receive prizes.

“There is a considerable amount of students and families who come,” said Robin Noehl, the assistant to the department head of health and exercise science and a member of the homecoming committee. “In previous years, between 1,600 to 2,400 people have registered.”

The annual race originally started as a fundraiser for the Adult Fitness program at Colorado State. This year’s proceeds will benefit CSU’s Heart Disease Prevention Programpart of the Human Performance Clinical/Research Lab.

Early registration is recommended. Registration before Oct. 10 is $20. Late registration on Oct. 17 is $25 through 2 p.m., when online registration closes. In-person registration on race-day is $30 until 7:45 a.m. Registration includes a long-sleeved Aggie T-shirt.

The former department head of health and exercise science and one of the race’s sponsors, Richard Gay Israel, said that the shirts given at registration were designed specifically in celebration of CSU’s 100 year Homecoming anniversary. This year’s shirts are the original Aggie orange shirts with a custom design on them.

To register, visit the College of Health and Human Sciences’ website, or visit the Department of Health and Exercise Science, located in the B-wing of Moby Gym, Room 220; Altitude Running, 150 E. Harmony Road, Unit 2C; and Runner’s Roost, 2720 Council Tree Ave., Suite 112.

Collegian Reporter Zara DeGroot can be reached at or @Zaradegroot.