Jan 20, 2009

Liberty introduces Trail Race Series on Candler’s Mountain next month

by Kerah Kemmerer

Dedicated runners will race through the maze of trails on Candler’s Mountain Feb. 21, introducing Liberty’s first Trail Race Series.
The series, instigated by Student Activities, is a collaborative effort of the current Director Chris Misiano and new Associate Director Joshua Yeoman.

“(Associate Director) is a brand new position for us, and it is a new focus for student activities as a whole,” Misiano said. “Not only to provide entertainment, but to focus more specifically on outdoor recreation. We have heard from the student body that this is definitely what they are interested in.”

The five-kilometer (5K) race will send runners in a 3.1-mile loop which will begin and end at Camp Hydaway Lake. The run will also include two miles of a single-track trail and one mile of forest road, according to Ultimate LU ‘s Web site.

Prizes will be awarded in several categories divided by age groups and rewards will be given to the top three overall male and female runners. A master’s category will include runners ages 40 and up. Door prizes will be handed out and every participant will receive a T-shirt in the first race.

The series will include a second race May 2, which will be a 10K. Other races will continue in the fall 2009 semester. A prize will be awarded to the individual who places top in the overall series, so participants are encouraged to register for each race.

For non-students, the cost is $20 for pre-race registration and $25 on site. For students, registration is $10 pre-race and $15 on the day of the event if they provide their student I.D. number.

Registration forms for students can be printed off the Student Activities website or picked up at the Lahaye Student Center. The forms can be either dropped off or mailed to Student Activities.

Yeoman, who originally hails from New York, is a Liberty alumnus. He and his wife moved to Lynchburg two years ago where Yeoman managed Riverside Runners in downtown Lynchburg before joining Student Activities.

“I always had a vision while I was at school here of leveraging the assets we had with the trail system even when the trail system wasn’t quite what it is now,” Yeoman said.

Yeoman credits Dr. Horton for getting him into running and wants to create other outdoor events for students to get involved in.

After Yeoman directed a successful half-marathon in October, Yeoman and Misiano decided to create an event for Liberty students.

Student Activities hopes to attract more exposure to Liberty and further interest of students who love being outdoors through the trail racing series. Past outdoor events have included hiking, kayaking and white-water rafting.

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