Homecoming Saturday this October 12th will open with a literal boom when cannon fire signals the runners’ start of the annual Homecoming 5k, hosted by the SUU ROTC.
Though a lesser-known tradition amidst a host of Homecoming festivities, the SUUper Sorrel 5k has proven itself one of the weekend’s highlights for the past eight years. Held the morning of game day, the race has fast established ground as a great way to kick off a day of celebration in SUU’s name.
The 2013 race marks the second year the ROTC has hosted the race, which averages 150 runners each year. Proceeds from this year’s race will go directly to SUU ROTC cadets, helping to fund their training, awards and competitions in which they may participate.
In honor of its host, this year’s race is a camouflage run. Participants can, but are certainly not required to, wear camouflage clothing or camouflage paint, channeling the inner warrior mentality that will see them through the friendly competition.
Thor the Thunderbird will also bring motivation to this year’s early morning runners and will help open the race that runs up the Canyon Park Trail, beginning at the baseball fields at Cedar City’s Memorial Veteran’s Park.
The run/walk 5k will begin at 7:30 a.m. to ensure racers are able to finish in time for the annual Homecoming Parade, which begins at 11 a.m. following the SUU Alumni Pancake Breakfast, which runs from 9:30 to 11:00 that morning. The race is a great way to kick off a day of non-stop Homecoming activities.
The Homecoming 5k is also one of the least expensive organized races the region’s runners will find. Students can race for just $15, and non-student registration is just $20. Participants may register in advance for the SUUper Sorrel 5k online or in person at the ROTC offices in the lower level of the Technology Building. Race day registration will also open at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday and will remain open through 7:15 a.m.
Runners of all ages are welcome. Registration includes a t-shirt for each runner on race day. Local businesses have also donated prizes, to be used in a raffle open to all participants. The winners of each age group will also receive prizes; the overall men’s and women’s group winners will also be awarded.
Additional information about all of the University’s 2013 Homecoming festivities is available online at suu.edu/alumni.