A&M International's Dusty Fun Run and Walk Set for Nov. 11

Mark your calendar. Texas A&M International University's sixth annual "Dusty Fun Run and Walk" is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8:30 a.m. on the A&M International campus.

The event provides a fun way for everyone from grade school students to grandparents to help support student scholarships said A&M International president Dr. Charles Jennett.

"In order to achieve our goal of attracting the best and brightest students to A&M International, we must provide our students with the necessary financial support to pursue their academic endeavors. The University has received kind assistance from the State of Texas, however, we cannot rely on this help alone. With the partnership of our community, we can assure that all A&M International students can receive the assistance they need to make their dreams come true," he said.

Dr. Jennett noted that the community's response to the Dusty Fun Run and Walk has been tremendous. Last year's event attracted over 180 runners and walkers, including some from as far away as Monterrey and Kingsville. He hopes this year's event will draw even more participants.

"We're looking forward to a record participation and assistance for our student scholarship fundraising efforts," he said.

The 2000 Dusty Fun Run and Walk includes competitive 5K and 10K runs and a non-competitive 2-mile Fun Walk. Both the 5 and 10K race courses feature a variety of terrain including asphalt, dirt, grass, and some hills.

Competing groups for both male and females is as follows: ages 12 and under, 13 - 16, 17 - 20, 21 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, 60 - 69, 70 - and above.

Entry fee is $2 for children ages 12 and under, $5 for students and seniors 65 and above, and $20 for all others entering the 10K, 5K, and 2-mile events. All paid participants will receive an official "Dusty" Fun Run and Walk T-shirt.

Trophies will be awarded for the top three male and female finishers of the 10K and 5K in each competing group.

Entry forms may be obtained by contacting Nanette Dion, associate director of development, at (956) 326-2168 or by email at ndion@tamiu.edu. Registration will also be held on the day of the event at 7:30 a.m. on the north side of the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library.

Corporate sponsors of the 2000 Dusty Fun Run and Walk include Wells Fargo-Laredo, Sol Communications, and Mejia Engineering. Sponsors interested in assisting the Dusty Fun Run and Walk should contact Nanette Dion at 326-2168 or by email at ndion@tamiu.edu

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