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Eighth Annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk draws more than 800 participants

Part of Saint Xavier University Homecoming weekend festivities

news story imageChicago (Oct. 9, 2008) The 8th annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 4 was a success with 840 registered participants and more than 100 volunteers. 

The race started and finished at Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St., and traveled through the heart of Evergreen Park. All participants received a long-sleeved T-shirt and a free ticket to the homecoming football game against Walsh University (Ohio). 

The top male runner, former SXU Cross Country runner Steve Bugarin, beat the course record with a time of 15:56 minutes. Kathryn Galley was the top female runner with a time of 21:36 minutes. To view complete race results, log onto www.cararuns.org.

“I think this event has grown so much because we have found our niche with Homecoming,” said Jennifer Kjos, facility manager of Saint Xavier’s Shannon Center. “The Cougar 5k Run/Walk continues to grow because of all the great community support and feedback we receive every year.”

Complimentary refreshments were provided for all participants, including bagels, muffins, fruit, cookies, coffee and water. Race participants also enjoyed free services such as chair massages, blood pressure checks and stretching.

Sponsors of the Run/Walk included Gilhooley’s Grande Saloon, Chartwells, SouthtownStar, OccuSport, Pepsi, Greenwood Chiropractic, SXU Alumni Association, Running for Kicks, Village of Evergreen Park, Chicago Area Race Association (CARA), Gallagher Investments, Core Fitness and Physical Therapy, GO Promotions, Jimmy Johns, Machon and Machon, Pizza Man, Shannon Center members, and 21st Century Chiropractic. 

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 Former SXU Cross Country runner Steve Bugarin of Chicago beats the SXU Cougar 5k course record with a time of 15:56 minutes.