By AMY WARD
Students, faculty and alumni will be off and running at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the annual Y Days 5K run.
The purpose of the run is “to provide an arena of fellowship for the population of BYU,” said Bryan Shepherd, program director. “It’s kind of a unique thing, because it’s being sponsored by two different groups — BYUSA and Golden Key National Society.”
“It’s just kind of a fun thing to do to get together and have a fun time. Most people have a really fun time,” said Shepherd.
Unity is the goal of the program.
“Hopefully, we’ll get 200 runners,” he said.
Shepherd, who has participated in the run in the past, said that some people are there to see how well they do and others are there just for fun.
Runners will make a loop around the outside of the BYU campus, starting and finishing between the Richards Building and the Smith Fieldhouse. The course is similar to that of the Rex E. Lee run.
All students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to register.
For those interested in participating, there will be a sign-up booth this week in front of the library. Registration forms are also available in the BYUSA office on the fourth floor of the Wilkinson Center.
The registration fee is $5 and all applicants will receive a T-shirt.
Medals will be awarded to the first three runners from each of the men’s and women’s divisions to cross the finish line. Fourth through sixth place runners in both divisions will receive ribbons as well. Community sponsors have also donated gift certificates and prize awards.