University of Massachusetts Dining Services will be hosting their tenth annual “UMass 5K Dash and Dine” on campus Saturday, April 6th. This run/walk is held annually, open to the campus community and the general public, with the goal to raise funds for our neighbors in need at The Amherst Survival Center (ASC) while promoting health and fitness at the University.
The 5K was created to bring an exciting course to runners and walkers alike, including children, while supporting the ASC food and nutrition programs which directly impacts the purchase of food for the ASC Community Kitchen and Food Pantry. Particularly, funds aid the ASC during the winter months when the purchase of produce, diary, kitchen supplies and program staffing are in great need.
The race fee is $5 for all 5-College Undergrad and Graduate students, faculty and staff, and $15 for the general public. The race fee includes registration, and a complimentary meal at the University’s award-winning dining facilities in the Hampshire Dining Commons.
Over the last nine years, UMass Dining has been able to raise over $39,000 for the Amherst Survival Center. The goal this year is to reach more than $7,000.
Schedule of events:
· 9 a.m. – Check-in at The Southwest Horseshoe
· 10 a.m. – FREE Fun Run for children 8 years old and under
· 11 a.m. – Race begins
· 11:30 a.m. – Award ceremony
· Noon – Lunch in the Berkshire Dining Commons
The top three winners in each gender category will be awarded $1,000 in prizes! Online registration will end at midnight on April 4th and walk-up registration is available on Race Day!
“UMass 5K Dash and Dine is always one of my favorite events to see our students and staff running/walking together to support our neighbor in need. It’s a great way to build community and showcase what UMass spirit is all about.” said Executive Director of Auxiliary Enterprises, Ken Toong.
To register or make a donation, visit: www.runumass.com.
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