SXU to host 13th Annual Cougar 5k Run/Walk during 2013 Homecoming celebration

Saint Xavier University will host the 13th Annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk during its 2013 Homecoming Week at 9 a.m. on Sat, Oct. 5. The race begins and ends at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St, and travels through Evergreen Park.

Pre-registration is $30 for runners/walkers and $25 for SXU students. Prices increase to $35 for runners/walkers and $30 for SXU students from Mon., Sept. 30 to Fri., Oct. 4. On race day, registration is $40 for runners/walkers and $35 for SXU students. The Cougar 5K is bringing back the family rate which costs $75 for two adults and one child age 17 or under from the same immediate family. Each additional child is $20. Family rate registration is not available on race day. Visit www.sxu.edu, keyword: cougar 5k to register.

All participants will receive a white cotton long-sleeve Cougar 5K shirt. Participants that register before Sun., Sept. 15 have the option to purchase a black dry-tech long-sleeve Cougar 5K shirt for an additional $5 instead of the white cotton shirt. Exclusive Cougar 5K charcoal grey quarter-zip jackets also are on sale for $30 through the online registration form or in the Shannon Center at the Chicago campus.

New this year, free flu vaccinations will be provided following the race. Flu vaccinations are provided by Health4Chicago in partnership with the Saint Xavier University Health Center and School of Nursing. Health4Chicago provides on-site immunization services throughout the Chicago region, minimizing the impact of vaccine-preventable diseases and promoting a healthy school community.

Additionally, all participants will receive a ticket to the Homecoming Football game at 5 p.m., where they can watch the 2011 NAIA National Champion Cougars take on Grand View University (Iowa). Tickets can be picked up at the Gear Check area between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. on race day. Participants also can enjoy refreshments, massages, stretching, blood pressure checks, free flu vaccinations, children’s activities, and pictures with SXU’s cougar mascot.

Cougar 5K sponsors include Mid-American Group, Gallagher Investments, Greenwood Chiropractic, Go Promotions, Core Fitness and Physical Therapy, Jimmy Johns of Evergreen Park, Running for Kicks, City Beverage, Accelerated Rehab, Sports and Ortho, WishFit, Core Fitness and Physical Therapy, Shannon Center Member, Jackson Capital, Chiro One, Pizza Man, Gilhooley’s Grande Saloon, Aquafina, McDonalds, Beverly Review, Calabria Imports, Muscle Milk, Health4Chicago, Pure Indoor Cycling and the Saint Xavier University National Alumni Association.

For more information or to register, visit the Cougar 5K Run/Walk website at www.sxu.edu, keyword: cougar 5k or call the race hotline at (773) 298-3592.