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Sports Administration Students to Manage Half Marathon and 5K Races

Release Date:  Friday, January 20, 2012

Charleston, W.Va.  – The University of Charleston Sports Administration students will host the inaugural University of Charleston Half Marathon and 5K to be held on Sunday, April 29, 2012. The course of the races will go throughout Kanawha City and the event will be entirely planned and managed by UC students.

The Sports Administration program will use all proceeds of both races to benefit UC student charity efforts in Kenya, and registration for both races has already begun. The University has strong ties with Kenya and Kabarak University located outside of Ngata, Kenya.  UC is looking to strengthen that relationship and eventually start a formal semester-long study abroad program. Through these races and other University events, the Sports Administration students hope to help underprivileged children who live in Kenya.

“This race is a huge undertaking and an unbelievable opportunity for us,” said Race Director and Sports Administration student Adam Hintz. “The University has never done anything like this before, and we look at it as a privilege and an honor to be the inaugural class to manage these races.”

“Ever since last year I’ve been working with UC for Kenya and to be able to have this race be 100 percent student managed, and have it benefit those charities is an opportunity that many schools and programs don’t get,” said UC Half Marathon and 5K Marketing and Communications Manager Jordan McCollam, “It feels extremely fulfilling to not only be involved in the community of Charleston, but to also be involved on a global scale.”

The Sports Administration Program is working and developing other events, and will be holding the Half Marathon and 5K the same weekend as the annual Governor’s Cup, UC’s annual collegiate crew regatta, to make it a full celebratory weekend. These races will also be tied in with a UC 20-week, campus-wide weight loss event called “UC is Losing it.” The University of Charleston Half Marathon and 5K as well as UC is Losing it exemplify innovative ways for students to come up with solutions to global and local problems.

For information on how to register for either race, visit http://www.uchalfmarathon.com. For information on UC’s ties with Kenya, visit http://www.ucwvstudyabroad.com.

For more information, contact: Holly Sabatka –  303-917-3078 – hollysabatka@cc.ucwv.edu.  Press release submitted by Holly Sabatka. Holly is a junior volleyball player at the University of Charleston double majoring in business administration and sports administration.