NKU to host 2-Mile fun run/walk as part of presidential installation activities

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Wednesday – Oct. 17, 2012

NKU to Host 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk Oct. 27
as Part of Presidential Installation Activities

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey Mearns has hit the ground running, and here’s your chance to lace up and join him. Mearns will lead a two-mile campus fun run and walk on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 9 a.m., beginning in front of The Bank of Kentucky Center.

The free event, which is being coordinated by NKU Wellness, is part of presidential installation activities that include the official installation ceremony inside The Bank of Kentucky Center on Friday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m., and a public reception following the installation under a tent between Steely Library and the Fine Arts Center at approximately 4 p.m.

The Mearns 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk coincides with an NKU Black and Gold open house event, so participants are encouraged to wear black and gold during the 2-mile trek around campus.

“This will be a very informal and fun chance for the campus community to get to know President Mearns and our campus a little better,” said Karen Campbell, NKU wellness director. “Whether you are a weekend warrior who logs miles every single day or prefer a slower pace, this promises to be a fun, low-stress and family-friendly way to meet new friends, celebrate the arrival of our new leader and get a little exercise in the process.”

An avid runner who competed at Yale University and qualified for the 1984 Olympic trials in the marathon, Mearns recalls running the hills of Greater Cincinnati when he attended Walnut Hills High School. He said he looks forward to the Oct. 27 event.

“You tend to see your surroundings in a whole new way when you’re running,” Mearns said. “I’m eager to get out into the campus and explore. And it will be good to meet more members of our campus community in a fun and relaxing setting.”

Registration for the event begins at 8:15 a.m. inside The Bank of Kentucky Center. Guests are encouraged to park in Lot O, which is adjacent to the NKU Soccer Stadium. The event will feature light refreshments donated by Meijer and a free T-shirt will be given to the first 100 who register, and participants will also be entered into a raffle for prizes from Bob Roncker’s Running Spot, Peak Performance Sports Therapy and NKU Athletics.

In case of inclement weather, the event will move into The Bank of Kentucky Center and take place on the arena concourse.

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