Seventh Annual A&M International Dusty Fun Run and Walk Saturday, Nov. 10

Texas A&M International University's seventh annual "Dusty Fun Run and Walk" benefiting student scholarships will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 on the A&M International campus.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with competitive 5K and 10K runs and a non-competitive 2-mile Fun Walk starting at 8:30 a.m. The event will begin in front of the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library.

Last year's offering attracted over 230 runners and walkers. This year's event will also be "child friendly" with the continuation of a competitive group for children ages 12 and under. Upon request, "running buddies" -- student volunteers from the University's Fitness and Sports program -- are available for young participants to ensure maximum safety. Children 12 and under will also receive a special certificate of participation as well as an official Dusty Fun Run and Walk T-Shirt.

Additionally, fun children's games will be set up for young participants.

Entry fee for children ages 12 and under is $2. Entry fee for students and persons ages 65 and over is $5. Entry fee for adults is $20. All paid participants will receive an official Dusty Fun Run and Walk T-Shirt.

Competing groups for both male and female participants in the 5K or 10K runs is as follows: ages 12 and under, 13 - 16, 17 - 20, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, 60 - 69, and 70 - and above.

Trophies will be awarded in 5K and 10K categories to the top three finishers in each competing age group and the overall top female and male finishers.

Extreme sponsors are Falcon National Bank, Just For Feet, and Popeye's Chicken & Biscuit of Laredo. Iron Man sponsors are Mercy Health Plans, Pain Management Clinic of Laredo, and Wells Fargo. Performance sponsors are Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Foster Engineering, Lula Morales Realty, Richard E. Sames, Proviron Inc. Natural Gas, Sánchez Oil & Gas Corporation, and Dr. Gary Unzeitig and Dr. Jane Unzeitig.

Other donors and sponsors include Target, Barnes & Noble University Bookstore, Cavazos Wholesale, Coca-Cola of Laredo, Coyote Creek, Dillard's, Favarato's Restaurant and Bar, The Gym, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Marshall's, Mercy Health Center, Tel Tech Communications, and Toño's Bar & Grill.

For additional information, please contact the University's Office for Institutional Advancement at 956.326.2175 or visit offices located in the Killam Library, room 262.

University office hours are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

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