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Thresher 5K Run, Jog or Walk kicks off Fall Festival Saturday

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – This year’s Thresher 5K Run, Jog or Walk at Bethel College’s annual Fall Festival will be an all-terrain circuit like last year’s race. It will include part of Sand Creek Trail in the northeast corner of the campus and will very briefly follow the new trail connecting Bethel College and the city of Newton.

The Thresher 5K Run, Jog or Walk is set for Saturday, Oct. 7, beginning at the Thresher Sports Complex on the north end of the Bethel campus. Race day registration will take place from 7-7:30 a.m. under Thresher Stadium. There will be a pre-race gathering at 7:45 a.m. The race will start promptly at 8 a.m. on Schmidt Track, where it will also end.

To pre-register, contact the Bethel College Office of Alumni Relations at (316) 284-5251, e-mail jkliewer@bethelks.edu or pick up registration forms at Newton Medical Center, 600 Medical Center Drive, or the NRC Wellness Center, 415 Poplar in Newton. Pre-registration forms including payment must be postmarked or hand-delivered by Sept. 28. Those pre-registering by that date can pick up their packets, including T-shirt, in the Alumni Office on the third floor of the Administration Building on Thursday or Friday, Oct. 5 or 6, or at the registration table on race day.

The pre-registration fee, which includes the T-shirt, is $17 for adults and $10 for children. Late registration (any time after Sept. 28, including race day), with the T-shirt available later, is $20 for any age.

The Thresher 5K Run, Jog or Walk is part of Bethel College’s 36th annual Fall Festival, scheduled for Oct. 5-8. Other festival activities include ethnic foods, entertainment, arts and crafts and children’s programs, as well as alumni and athletic events. This year’s Fall Festival will celebrate the appointment of Bethel College’s 13th president, Barry C. Bartel, with a public reception in the basement of the Administration Building from 1:30-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, and inauguration ceremonies on Sunday, Oct. 8, beginning at 10 a.m. in Memorial Hall.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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