The Longhorn Run on Saturday should lure herds of orange-clad runners to the streets.
The new 5K and 10K routes wind through the historic Forty Acres and near the Texas Capitol and incorporate plenty of University of Texas traditions. The Longhorn Band, along with Big Bertha (the band’s trampoline-sized drum) and Smokey the Cannon will serenade athletes. Spirit groups and service organizations will participate, too.
The 10K starts at 8 a.m. and the 5K starts at 8:15 a.m. Both races begin and finish on campus, just west of the Littlefield Fountain, with post-race entertainment to follow on the steps of the UT Tower.
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, open, and UT staff and faculty. Prizes include backpacks, Nike footwear, Nike sunglasses and gift cards.
Proceeds benefit the UT Student Government Student Excellence Fund and Recreational Sports Excellent Fund. Entry fee is $30 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K. To register, go here.
Strollers and dogs are allowed, but asked to stay at the back of the pack.
After you run the Longhorn Run, save some energy for the Statesman Capit0l 10,000 the next day.