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Thunderbird Run set for August 21
26 July 2010

BISMARCK (UTN) - United Tribes Technical College invites runners to participate in the 5th annual THUNDERBIRD RUN, set for Saturday, August 21.

      The event is open to all participants age 14 and up who are able to complete a 13.1 mile course in 3.5 hours, a 16 minute mile pace.

      Special guest will be Olympian Billy Mills from the Oglala Tribe.

      Participants will start and finish their route on the United Tribes Trail, a newly constructed multi-use pathway on the college campus.

      Two competitive classes are offered: Open Division for ages 14 to 39 and Masters Division age 40 and over.

      The half marathon early registration fee is $20; after August 20 the fee is $25.

      Also offered is a 10K Run, open to participants age 14 and over, and a 5K Run open to all ages. Early registration is $15 for the 10K Run and $10 for the 5K. After August 20 the fee for either category is $5 higher.

Billy Mills

      Proceeds from the event will be used to fund a cooperative community wellness project for elders and young people on one of the North Dakota reservations on the college’s governing board. This year the proceeds will go to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

      Only those who register early will be guaranteed a t-shirt. All participants must check in at the on-site registration table prior to the running events.

      Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. The Half Marathon starts at 8 a.m.; 10K Run at 9 a.m.; and 5K at 9:10 a.m.

      Runners and the public are invited to a pre-race spaghetti dinner, Friday, August 20 at 7 p.m. in the Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center. Guest speaker is Billy Mills. The event is $5/plate, but all pre-registered runners are encouraged to attend a no-cost.

      Run registration forms are available at the college website: www.uttc.edu.

      For more information contact Ruth Buffalo-Zarazua 701-255-3285 x 1357, rbuffalo@uttc.edu.


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