Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Save UNCW Track & Field 5K

Despite being one of the top performing athletics programs at UNCW with many CAA championship wins under their belt, the university has decided to cut the track & field program.  Given the talent on the team, the diversity that it brings to campus, and the importance of the track facilities to the local endurance community, it would be a major tragedy if the program was cut and the facilities were bull dozed.  Since the announcement the team, coaches, & endurance community have been fighting for the opportunity to raise money to save the program.  We have finally been given that chance!  In order to save the UNCW track & field program we must raise $250,000 by the end of May 2015.

As a supporter of all local athletes and fitness enthusiasts, TrySports Wilmington has decided to hold a 5K for those who want to help raise funds and run to save UNCW Track & Field.  And I'm super excited to announce that I am going to be the Race Director!!!!  I am pumped that my first stab at putting on a race is for such an important cause!  Here are the deets:

What:  Save UNCW Track & Field 5K

When:  8:00 am Sunday, April 26th

Where:  TrySports Wilmington at Mayfaire Town Center

Why:  Raise funds & run to save UNCW Track & Field

How:  Register online at www.saveuncwtrack.com

You can register as an individual or sign up a group of friends as part of a team.  There are timed and un-timed options available.  Prizes for age-group winners and for the fastest & biggest teams!  If you don't feel like running, you can still use the website to donate to the cause.  Anyone who donates $100 or more will have their name added to a banner of UNCW supporters that will be displayed at the track.

If you have more spare change, you can donate at the benefactor level of $1000+ which will get you a banner with your company logo or personal message that will be displayed at the track for 1 year.  The most visible and highly trafficked areas will go to the highest donors.

Lastly, TrySports is also doing a raffle for this sweet Felt Bixby Cruiser Bike:

You can purchase 1 ticket for $5 or 5 tickets for $20 either online or at TrySports Wilmington.  The drawing will be held after the race (you do not have to be present to win).

Please help spread the word about this worthy effort and get everyone you know to show up at this race so we can demonstrate how much support there is to save UNCW Track & Field!!!!

For more information on how the community is coming together to save the track, check out this story by Time Warner Cable News!

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