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Thresher 5K Run, Jog or Walk aimed at all ages

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – People of all ages are invited to kick off the main day of Bethel College’s 38th annual Fall Festival with the annual Thresher 5K Run, Jog or Walk, Saturday, Oct. 4.

The all-terrain circuit includes Sand Creek Trail (dirt and wood-chip surface) in the northeast corner of the campus as well as Schmidt Track within the Thresher Sports Complex and a brief section of the paved Sand Creek bike and walking trail extension. A map is available ahead of race day – call Diana Graber at 316-284-5251 or e-mail dgraber@bethelks.edu.

The Thresher 5K begins 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 7:30 with the race starting promptly at 7:45 on Schmidt Track, where it will also end (note an earlier starting time from past years).

The top three male and female overall finishers will receive cash prizes and the top three male and female finishers in each of the 12 age categories will receive a medal. The event has proven popular with runners, joggers and walkers from pre-school age through senior citizens.

For a registration form, contact the Bethel College Office of Alumni Relations at 316-284-5251 or dgraber@bethelks.edu, or pick up forms at Newton Medical Center, 600 Medical Center Drive, the NRC Wellness Center, 415 Poplar, or the Newton Chamber of Commerce office, 500 Main, Suite 101, all in Newton. There are also forms available for download at www.bethelks.edu/alumni/events/FF/docs/5K_08.pdf.

Pre-registration forms with payment must be postmarked or hand-delivered by Thursday, Sept. 26. 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. 2 or 3, or at the registration table on race day.

The pre-registration fee, which covers the T-shirt, is $17 for adults and $10 for children (add $2 for a long-sleeved shirt). Late registration (any time after Sept. 26, 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 38th annual Fall Festival, which begins with Taste of Newton downtown on Thursday evening, Oct. 2, and ends with the showing of a new documentary in Krehbiel Auditorium on Monday evening, Oct. 6. Other festival activities include ethnic foods, entertainment, arts and crafts, college booths and children’s programs, as well as alumni and athletic events. This year features special events celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Administration Building. For a complete Fall Festival schedule, go to the Bethel College Web site at www.bethelks.edu/fallfest.

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 was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in Forbes.com’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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