Activities are planned on the UW-Eau Claire campus May 2 and 3 in connection with the Eau Claire Marathon, which will pass through the campus for the first time this year.
Eighty-five UW-Eau Claire students enrolled in a kinesiology distance running class will be among the participants in the marathon on Sunday, May 3.
Running in the full or half marathon race is a requirement of the class, co-taught by Tracy Yengo, UW-Eau Claire senior lecturer of kinesiology, and Matt Evans, UW-Eau Claire professor of physics and astronomy and a distance running enthusiast. Students in the class, along with approximately 30 community members, have been training together weekly during spring semester to prepare for the race. Read more about the class and the stories of some student participants.
In all, approximately 2,500 runners will follow the "Blugold Mile" through the UW-Eau Claire campus as part of the full and half marathon races. Runners should be passing through the campus stretch of the race route between approximately 9:45 a.m. and 1 p.m.
More than 65 UW-Eau Claire student organizations — as well as the student mascot, Blu — will staff water and cheering stations and encourage runners as they follow the route through campus. The Blugold Marching Band, Forward Brass Band, UW-Eau Claire Gospel Choir and other music groups will perform along the route, and food and refreshments will be available for sale on the campus grounds.
In connection with the marathon, Blu's Pasta Feed for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty, staff and alumni — open to Blugold marathon runners and spectators alike — will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in Davies Center. Tickets are available through April 30.
Interested individuals also may purchase Team Blugold performance T-shirts through April 30. Team Blugold T-shirts and tickets for Blu's Pasta Feed and may be purchased at UW-Eau Claire's Online Marketplace.
For more information about the marathon, visit the Eau Claire Marathon website.