March 19, 2014
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern Athletics has announced the third annual Run For Walk, a 4.1 mile run and 5K family walk Sunday, July 27, to honor former head football coach Randy Walker. The race will finish on Ryan Field and has been named by the Chicago Area Runner's Association as a CARA Runners' Choice Circuit event for 2014.
For the past six years -- the last two as the Run for Walk -- Northwestern fans, supporters and friends of the late Walker have assembled to honor him by taking part in one of his favorite hobbies -- walking around Evanston and the NU campus with his wife, Tammy, and their dog, Magic.
This year, the 5k family walk will continue and join the 4.1 mile run through Evanston's tree-lined streets and along the lakefront on Northwestern's campus. Participants will finish on Ryan Field while watching their achievement on the video board. The unique run distance harkens back to Randy's uniform number 41 during his collegiate playing days at Miami University.
The registration fee for the run or walk is $37.50 and includes a short-sleeved technical shirt, a ticket to a nonconference home football game and entry into the race day expo. Northwestern students may register for $25.
In addition, the event will feature the Kids' 'Cat Dashes in and around Ryan Field. As part of the CARA Youth Circuit, kids can participate in age-group races 14 and under, finishing on the same field on which the Wildcats football players compete. CARA's inclusion of the Run for Walk in its highly regarded circuit is a result of the terrific feedback and the positive participant experiences from the past two years as a quality running event.
"We were quite pleased to select the Run for Walk as a 2014 CARA Runners' Choice Circuit Race," said Bryan Ganek of CARA. "The CARA Runners' Choice Circuit is a competitive series of eighteen races. CARA members can compete in this circuit of races for points and year-end awards in Overall, Individual Age Group, Clydesdale and Club competitions. This Circuit is assembled, each year, with the input of CARA's membership, the CARA Board of Directors, post-race survey results and the CARA Racing Committee."
Fans are encouraged to register online or visit NUsports.com/RunForWalk for more event details. Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 847-491-7723.
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