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Record turnout expected for Homecoming Campus Classic

by Tonya Durlach

Sept. 22, 2011 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO--Construction at Sangren Hall has forced minor changes in the 5K race course for the Homecoming Campus Classic Saturday, Oct.8, which is expected to surpass last year's record of 1,742 participants.

A portion of the course west of Sangren has been eliminated, and the lost distance has been made up by adding a loop through Lot 72W near Schneider Hall.

"Runners will like the change," says Thom Myers. "We eliminated the top of the hill at the end of Gilkison Avenue and replaced it with a flat parking lot." Myers is from university relations, which organizes the event, now in its 13th year.

Photo of course changes for WMU Campus Classic 5K race.
Map showing changes to Campus Classic 5K race course.

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Online registration for the Campus Classic is running ahead of last year's registration, which produced a record turnout of more than 1,700. Packet pickup and registration will be available Thursday, Oct. 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Gazelle Sports on the downtown Kalamazoo Mall, and from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in Bernhard Center Room 105.

Sign up online to run or volunteer!

The Homecoming Campus Classic is Saturday, Oct. 8, with packet pick-up opening in the Bernhard Center at 7 a.m. The 1K Fun Run for kids starts at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K run/walk starts at 9 a.m. Both races begin and end on West Michigan Avenue in front of the Bernhard Center.

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