Sunday, October 21 at 9:30 am at the University of Washington Tacoma located at 1900 Commerce Street Tacoma, WA 98402 “Run the Tac with the Pac” will take place. Participants are welcome to run, jog, or walk this 3.1 mile race. According to the UW Tacoma’s website, the course begins at the University of Washington Tacoma campus near 17th and Commerce Street, turns left on Jefferson Avenue, goes down Jefferson Avenue, turns right on Fawcett Avenue, turns right on 11th Street, right on Market Street, left on Jefferson Avenue, then heads back down Jefferson Avenue, turns right on Commerce Street, and lastly finishes by the center of the University of Washington Tacoma campus.
Those that are interested in participating can register in advance at: http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/run-tac-pac-5k for $35 a person through October 12, and $40 a person October 19 – 21. All proceeds benefit the UW Tacoma Scholarship fund. All participants receive a t-shirt and goody bag that can be obtained on Friday, October 19, 2012 or on the morning of the event from 7 am until 9:15 am. At 10:15 am an awards booth will be open for top finishers to pick up awards.
Zachary Druce, Student Facilities Specialist at UW Tacoma, explained how the event came about, “The Division of Student Affairs discussed homecoming traditions that could be unique to our campus. We decided that a 5k that created student scholarships would be an appropriate event for our campus.” He commented on what he thought of the event, “I think that this is an amazing opportunity for the University to start a new tradition. We are excited to see the community come together for a great cause and for a great event.”
When asked the best thing about the event, Zachary replied, “There are a few, connecting the campus with the community, raising scholarship funds, and starting a new and unique homecoming tradition for our campus.” Zachary revealed some other exciting information, “We will be having a Harvest Carnival after the race that is available to all participants, families, and community members.”
Zachary discussed how this walk/run is unique compared to others, “This is beneficial to the Tacoma community as well as the University. We will be able to help students, most of who are from Washington attend a four year University who otherwise may not be able to attend college.”
When asked who he recommended attend the event, Zachary replied, “This event is open to everyone because it is a run/walk. If a person is unable to participate, they are encouraged to donate because the money will go to the scholarship fund. This is a great way to help students pay for school who may not be able to attend without assistance.”
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com