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IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 03, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
724.738.2199
karl.schwab@sru.edu

Students stage autism 'run in the mud'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Autism Speaks U SRU, the campus support organization for those with autism, hopes 100 people turn out to "run in the mud" at 6 p.m., May 11.

The fundraising event will be at the Slippery Rock Dunes, 144 Barron Road.

"We first had the idea to do a mud run back in December, and decided we wanted to do something different than a normal run around campus," said Jessica Smithson, an early childhood education major from Landisville and president of the Autism Speaks U SRU chapter.

"We chose Slippery Rock Dunes as the location because the trail is through the woods and quite challenging. It has gorgeous scenery, and we thought it would be a great way to bring the community and campus together with a run event. We also made it an evening run so we could have a DJ and food afterwards. We thought it would be something different from the standard early morning run."

Participants will run, or walk, through the dunes. Spectators are welcome.

Smithson said part of the trail is challenging, so participants will have their choice of the "hard" or "easy" trail.

"So far, more than 60 people have registered, and we are hoping to see 100 turn out for the event," she said.

Registration opens at 5 p.m. with a 6 p.m. start. Early registration is $15 at bit.ly/autismspeaksthechallenge; or $20 at the event. Spectators will pay $10.

The first 50 entrants will receive a free T-shirt.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.