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Early Registration Rates for the Rattler Run ends August 3


Registrations for the 2nd Annual Rattler Run, sponsored by the Otero Junior College Foundation, continue to come in at a steady pace to Otero Junior College. The Rattler Run will be held in conjunction with La Junta’s Early Settlers’ Day festivities, on Saturday, September 8, 2012. The event will include a 5K Run, 2-mile Walk and 1-mile Kids Race. The event is open to all participants.


Participants who would like to get in on the early-bird registration rates should register by Friday, August 31 at 5 p.m. After August 31, registration for the 5K race and 2-mile walk will increase from $25 to $30; registration for the 1-Mile Kids Race will increase from $10 to $15.


According to Almabeth Kaess, Rattler Run Event Director, there are several goals for the event that include: raising funds for the President’s Leadership Program scholarships; bringing the college’s alumni back to campus to reconnect with the campus and former classmates and promoting health and fitness in the community.


The 5K Run, 2-mile Walk and 1-mile Kids Race are scheduled to begin early on the morning of September 8, prior to the start of the Early Settlers’ Day parade. The events will have a staggered start; starting with the 5K Run at 7:30 a.m., followed by the 2-mile Walk at 7:45 a.m. and the 1-mile Kids Race at 8:00 a.m. All races will begin on the west side of the OJC Student Center at 2001 San Juan Ave., in La Junta. Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. in the OJC Student Center.


The 5K Race and 2-mile Walk will go south at San Juan Ave. out of the city limits and then loop back to finish at the starting line. The route for the 1-mile Kids Race will make a loop in the surrounding neighborhood and finish at the starting line.


Awards will be given to the top three finishers in all age and gender division for the 5K Race and the top three boy and girl finishers in the Kids Race. Special awards will be presented to the school with the most students participating in the Kids Race, to the top employer with the most employees participating and to the top non-profit or organization with the most volunteers or members participating.


“At the conclusion of the races, we are hoping that people will stay in La Junta and enjoy the many activities planned for Early Settlers’ Day,” said Kaess. “All activities surrounding Early Settlers’ Day will be held in the La Junta City Park. There will also be an OJC Volleyball Tournament going on at the McDivitt Center gym throughout the day. In addition, if alumni come back to campus, we will arrange for personal tours of the campus for them by students who are members of the President’s Leadership Program,” she said.


Kaess explained that the Rattler Run was created in 2011 by the OJC Foundation Board as a way to raise money for scholarships for students accepted into the President’s Leadership program.


“The OJC Foundation Board has worked very hard to establish a President’s Leadership program in an effort to build the next generations of leaders for our community and nation. The first cohort of 15 students will enter the program this fall, with 10 of those students awarded a $1,000 scholarship,” explained Kaess. “Funds that are raised through the Rattler Run and other fundraising efforts will provide scholarship support to qualifying students who plan to earn a Certificate in Leadership Studies at OJC. To complete the program students must maintain a 3.2 grade point average, complete a prescribed academic plan, participate in service learning projects and other experiential learning opportunities,” she explained.


To register for the Rattler Run, participants can register online by going to: www.ojc.edu. The homepage of the Otero Junior College website has a link to the registration site with additional information. A direct link to the registration can also be found at: http://www.ojc.edu/alumniEvents.aspx

Registrants can either print off a hardcopy of the registration form at this site or access Active.com where they can register and pay online.


For more information, contact Almabeth Kaess at 719-384-6857 or almabeth.kaess@ojc.edu


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