San Antonians and their dogs invited to run or walk

Two 5k runners cross the finish line with their dog

Hundreds of runners and walkers of all ages — many with their dogs — will lace up and leash up on Saturday, Oct. 20, for the University’s fifth annual 5K run/walk — the StMU 5K for the Neighborhood.

Proceeds from those running with a purpose this year will help benefit St. Mary’s next-door neighbor, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, which is led by Marianist priests and brothers. Funds from the event will enhance services and outreach programs in the St. Mary’s Gateway District.

“There are so many reasons to join in the StMU 5K for the Neighborhood — from staying healthy to enjoying friendly competition,” University President Thomas Mengler said. “I’m choosing to run to help Holy Rosary Church and our Gateway District and to continue our momentum in supporting San Antonio’s West Side. Everyone will find their own motivation to join us in running with purpose.”

Past races have benefited the United Way, the Neighborhood Place and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, funding family assistance programs and parenting education services for those with limited resources. The StMU 5K is part of an ongoing effort to enhance quality of life through neighborhood revitalization. St. Mary’s strives to be a vital partner in promoting the health and wellness, education and safety of the community near the campus.

StMU 5K for the Neighborhood

Who: St. Mary’s University community, local runners and walkers, dogs (spayed/neutered, leashed)

When: Saturday, Oct. 20. Opening remarks at 8:45 a.m. 5K begins at 9 a.m.

Where: St. Mary’s University campus. Start/finish at Alkek Plaza.

Why: Raise funds for Holy Rosary Catholic Church outreach programs

Registration: Online or on race day at 7:30-8:45 a.m.

Parking: In front of campus in Lots V and S or at the back of campus in Lot D. For more info, visit our campus map.

Amenities: Food, beverages and live music after the 5K. Awards ceremony at 10 a.m.

Packet Pickup: Bibs, timers and T-shirts may be picked up at these locations:

iRun Texas-Bitters

2602 NW Loop 1604

Building 1, Suite 106

San Antonio, TX 78248

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

St. Mary’s University Alumni Athletics & Convocation Center

Thursday, Oct. 18, 1-7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Alkek Plaza

Saturday, Oct. 20, 7:30-8:45 a.m.

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