Registration for Viking Days’ inaugural Langskip 5K hit the ground running with 150 participants registered online.
The Viking Days committee, Augustana Fund and Augustana Running Club, who organized the event, projected 50 participants during planning stages, according to Augustana Fund Director Corey Camp. He has seen an increase in area road race participation and identified it as a potential success for an already packed Viking Days week.
“We were looking for another new Viking Days opportunity that would – much like our other events – extend Augustana out in the community,” said Camp. Sioux Falls residents as well as Augustana students, faculty, alumni and members of the Augustana community from five different states will follow the 3.1 mile route around campus.
Camp identifies the location and timing of the race as the appeal for runners in the area. “Fall is a great time because people are training for marathons,” Camp said. He says the race planners have no way to predict overall participation or race-day registration.
One of the 38 student runners already registered, senior Becca Pruitt, signed up to motivate herself to continue running. “It’s a good way to keep working out. I’ve managed to lose 40 pounds since my senior year in high school, I need to keep going and lose my fluffy.”
Others look to the years ahead and will use the race to re-engage with Augustana during homecoming.
Senior Hannah Kuelbs, Viking Days Committee member, helped plan Langskip during the summer months as an intern with the Augustana Advancement Office. “If they do it again in the future, which they will, I think it would be fun to do as an alumnus,” she said. A runner herself, she has also been a part of coordinating the Jazz Fest 5K.
The first male and female finishers of this year’s race will win the equivalent of their weight in ounces of Juice Stop smoothies. Everyone who participates will receive a prize.
“If I feel I have a chance to win, I might go for it,” alumnus Justin Grassmeyer, ‘11, said after being told about the grand prize. “I’m excited to do it since it’s a fun, low-pressure way to get in a nice, fun run and a way to participate in the Homecoming events as an alumni.”
All proceeds from the $20 student registration fee will be donated to the Special Olympics in honor of the 2012 Viking Days theme: “Going for the Blue and Gold.” Alumni and community registration proceeds will support the Augustana Fund to tie the fun run back to the college.
Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. and the race will start at 8 a.m. The route will need to be cleared by 9 a.m. to prepare for the Homecoming Parade. Race results will be posted online at the official website, Langskip5k.com.