A&M International's Dusty Fun Run and Walk This Saturday

Texas A&M International University's sixth annual "Dusty Fun Run and Walk" benefiting student scholarships will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11 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.

Last year's event attracted over 220 runners and walkers. This year's event has been made more "kid-friendly" with the addition of a competitive group for children ages 12 and under. Participants in this category will have "running buddies," student volunteers from the University's Fitness and Sports program, 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 Dusty Fun Run and Walk 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 females participating in the 5K or 10K runs is as follows: ages 12 and under, 13 - 16, 17 - 20, 21 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, 60 - 69, 70 - and above.

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

An on-line entry form is available on the University's web page, www.tamiu.edu. Registration may also be completed on the day of the event at 7:30 a.m.

Corporate sponsors are: Charter Member NBC Bank; Extreme Sponsors: Falcon International Bank, Wells Fargo-Laredo, SOL Communications, Mejia Engineering, Sprint PCS, Popeyes of Laredo; Iron Man Sponsor: Mercy Health Plans; Performance Sponsors: Sanchez Oil and Gas, and The Pain Management Clinic of Laredo. The Refreshment and Gift Sponsors are Coca-Cola Bottling of Laredo, Follett Bookstores, Cavazos Candy Produce and Grocery Wholesale Inc., the Holiday Inn Civic Center, and Hampton Inn.

For additional information, please contact the University's Office for Institutional Advancement at 326-2168 or visit offices located in Killam Library, room 262. University office hours are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday Friday.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at pais@tamiu.edu