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Sept. 14, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

5K race/2K walk opens inaugural events

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Sept 22 ROCK Pride Inauguration 5K Run/2K Walk will kick off a week of events celebrating the inauguration of Cheryl Norton as the University's 16th president.

Race proceeds will support the newly created Norton Undergraduate Research Scholarship.

Norton, a physical fitness enthusiast, will take part in the race, and present awards at its conclusion. She was selected by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board of governors as the first woman to lead the 8,800-student University and assumed her duties June 4.

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. outside the Aebersold Student Recreation Center. Check-in opens at 7:30 a.m. in the center's lobby.

The Butler Health System and its new FastERcare program, and the SRU wellness committee are co-sponsoring the event

The registration fee is $20 per person and $12 for SRU students.

Both the 5k and the 2k courses are entirely on campus. The course will be well marked and lined with volunteers. The race will start and finish in the same location. All runners will be provided light refreshments and water at the finish line. Music will be provided before and after the race. A post-race awards ceremony is planned.

Top prize for the first overall male and female finisher is a Sigma heart rate monitor. Prizes will also be awarded to the top three male and female SRU students, top three male and female non-SRU students, top three male and female runners over age 55 and to the top three male and female, three-member teams. Team runners times will be combined to create a final team time.

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