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Annual Cougar 5K kicks off Homecoming weekend

Homecoming football game against St. Francis to follow

Chicago (August 14, 2006) – Help kick off Saint Xavier University’s Homecoming weekend with the 6th annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23.

The race will start and finish at Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St., and travel through the heart of Evergreen Park. All participants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt and a free ticket to the homecoming football game against the University of St. Francis. 

“The annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk is a great community event that not only brings people together on the Saint Xavier University campus, but also promotes a healthy lifestyle in a fun and social way,” said Jennifer Kjos, facility manager of Saint Xavier’s Shannon Center.

Participants can register for $15 at Running for Kicks, 7158 W. 127th St., in Palos Heights, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 19 through 21, or online at www.signmeup.com/53729. Purchase a pair of running or walking shoes at Running for Kicks between Aug. 20 and Sept. 20 and receive $10 off the Cougar 5K Run/Walk registration fee.

Day-of-race registration will be held from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m., with fees of $20 and $15 for students. “All participants are welcome, from the serious runner to the casual walker,” Kjos said.

Complimentary breakfast and refreshments will be provided before and after the race by Chartwells Dining Services, Cold Stone Creamery and Café Luna, followed by a pre-game tailgate at 11 a.m. sponsored by the Saint Xavier University Alumni Association. 

Sponsors of the Run/Walk include Gilhooley’s Grande Saloon, Chicago Area Race Association (CARA), Village of Evergreen Park, Cold Stone Creamery, Running for Kicks, Greenwood Chiropractic Care Center, Pepsi, Gallagher Investment Services, Zep Manufacturing, SXU Alumni Association, Foot and Ankle Clinics of America, Core Fitness and Physical Therapy, Café Luna and Jimmy Johns.

For more information, please call the race hotline at (773) 298-3592 or visit www.sxu.edu/athletics. 

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