“Love Your Libraries” 5K Run and Fun Walk to benefit UT Libraries

UT Athletics shows its love by matching funds

Thirteen is a lucky number for the libraries at the University of Tennessee this year, as it marks the 13th anniversary of the annual Love Your Libraries 5K Run and Fun Walk co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Senate and the Knoxville Track Club. The race will be held Saturday, February 19, 2005.

“Experts suggest that walking 10,000 steps per day is the best way to lose weight and stay healthy. What better way to get in your 10,000 steps than by stepping out for the Libraries? The Fun Run allows you to get some extra exercise while contributing to a great cause,” Barbara Dewey, Dean of Libraries, said.

The race will begin at 9 a.m. at Circle Park Drive, and the course will wind through the heart of UT campus. The one-mile Fun Walk will begin right after the 5K run. An awards ceremony will follow the race; awards will be given to the top three runners overall, 1st Masters (40+), 1st Grand Masters (50+) as well as awards given by age and gender.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in Circle Park, or interested participants can pre-register before Feb. 11. Pre-registration is $12 and late registration, including race day sign up, is $15. Every year, UT Athletics supports the University Libraries by matching Fun Run proceeds dollar-for-dollar.

In the past, Fun Run proceeds have been used to purchase electronic journals, which graduate students rely upon for research. This year, in honor of UT’s Environmental Semester, proceeds will be put toward materials with an environmental focus.

For more information, call the Graduate Student Senate office at 865-974-2377 or visit the GSS Web site. Registration forms are available at the Knoxville Track Club’s Web site.

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