Rhode Island College kicks off its Homecoming Weekend next week on Saturday, Oct. 1 with the revived 5k Road Race and Walk.
Pre-registration opened at 8:00 a.m. last Sunday at the Bob Black Track Facility, and continues until Sept. 27. The pre-entry fee is $20 via on-line or mail-in and the cost will be $25 the day of race. RIC Students only pay $10 for pre-entry and $20 the day of race (ID required at registration). Homecoming t-shirts will be given to all registered runners and refreshments will follow the race.
The registration fees cover the many expenses generated by the race, such as charting a course for the race to make sure it’s an official 5k and providing free refreshments for the participants after the race, and also the prizes awarded after the race.
The top man and woman overall in the race will win a cash prize of $100, plus awards for the top male and female finishers in each age category: Junior (18 & under), Open (20-39), Masters (40-49), Seniors (50-59), Veterans (60-69) and Grand Veterans (70 and over). The top male and female student finishers will receive $25 gift certificates to the Campus Store. In addition, there will be awards for the first alumni and first faculty, staff or emeriti finisher.
RIC’s first 5k was in 2008 sponsored by the Alumni Association, and until then event had not been revisited. With the help of Don Tencher, the director of athletics at RIC, and Jay Jones, RIC’s wrestling head coach; the race will be reintroduced to the campus.
Jones said that he was “excited to bring more people to Homecoming.” He also said that, while this is a race, people are also welcome to enjoy their time by walking.