Longhorn Run set for April 11 at University of Texas

Runners make their way through the University of Texas campus during the 2014 Longhorn Run. Photo courtesy Longhorn Run
Runners make their way through the University of Texas campus during the 2014 Longhorn Run. Photo courtesy Longhorn Run

The Longhorn Run on April 11 should lure herds of runners to the streets.

Participants celebrate at the 2014 Longhorn Run. Photo courtesy Longhorn Run
Participants celebrate at the 2014 Longhorn Run. Photo courtesy Longhorn Run

The 5K and 10K routes wind through the historic Forty Acres and around the Texas Capitol and incorporate plenty of University of Texas tradition. The Longhorn Band, along with Big Bertha (the band’s trampoline-sized drum) and Smokey the Cannon, will serenade athletes. Spirit groups and the Alpha Phi Omega service organization (plus their flag) will be on hand, too. The 10K starts at 8 a.m. and the 5K starts at 8:20 a.m. Both races begin at 21st Street and University Avenue, with post-race entertainment to follow on the South and Main Malls on the UT Campus. The race is organized by students, for students, but anyone can enter. Awards will be given for the top three male and female finishers in each race, in each of three categories – students, non-students and UT staff and faculty.

Racers sprint from the start of the 2014 Longhorn Run. Photo courtesy Longhorn Run
Racers sprint from the start of the 2014 Longhorn Run. Photo courtesy Longhorn Run

Entry fee is $30 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K. To register, go here. http://www.utlonghornrun.com. Proceeds benefit the UT Student Government Student Excellence Fund and Recreational Sports Excellent Fund. Best Buddies, Orange Jackets, Asian Business Student Association, Plan II Business Association, Black Student Alliance and Latino Leadership CouncilĀ are among the past recipients of the Student Government Excellence Fund.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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