**Orders must be placed before March 16th to guarantee a t-shirt**
Welcome to the 2nd annual April Fool's 5K! The race will be held at the IllinoisArboretum on March 30th, 2013 at 9 a.m. and all proceeds will be used to help promote education among less fortunate children. Last year we raised around $1,200. This year we hope to exceed that and use the money raised to provide scholarships to students interested in coming to the University of Illinois. The college of ACES hosts a Research Apprenticeship Summer Program that is all expenses paid. Kola will cover any additional travel/food expenses students may incur that would prevent them from being able to participate.
"This was my first 5k, and I enjoyed it. I've already signed up for another one in Lafayett."
"I really liked how it was chip timed and hope it is again next year! Great job!"
"As an alum, it was a great experience to return to the University and run on a collegiate course where so many championships have been won. It was a great kickoff to the outdoor running season with amazing scenery!"
Participants will have the unique opportunity to run on the home course of the Fighting Illini men's and women's cross country teams! The Arboretum features a grass course with one large hill that will have to be tackled twice before finishing. There will be free parking along the street and in the Veterinary school parking lot. Find out more about the course and location at:
Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers for the individual race.
For the team race there will be awards given for the top team. All the members of the team will race at the same time and scores will be calculated by adding the four members' times together. The lowest cumulative time will be the winner.
The race will be electronically timed and both food and water will be provided to race participants.
There will only be race day packet pickup, which will start at 7:30 AM and run through the beginning of the race. For individuals registered as a teams any team member may pick up all of the bib numbers and T-shirts for their team.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
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The Kola Foundation is a not-for-profit organization focused on improving lives on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.With an emphatic focus on the young people of the reservation, Kola develops partnerships with Native American people and organizations to support initiatives that promote pride and self-sufficiency for the youth, bringing hope of a more prosperous future through the future leaders of the tribe themselves.
Kola, which means “friend” in Lakota, was founded by University of Illinois MBA students and draws support from students and faculty across the University. With our proximity to the University, we can call on an extraordinary collaboration of diverse experts and volunteers to match the needs of our Pine Ridge Lakota friends.
Kola, which is entirely run by volunteers, operates in four areas:
- Promoting education
- Stimulating the local economy
- Fostering hope