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Color Me Rad 5K Invites Community to Rally Around UNCW Athletics

Friday, September 20, 2013

The countdown has officially begun to the Color Me Rad 5K, the University announced today. The highly anticipated October 20 race is exactly one month away and has already drawn great numbers of registrants in support of UNCW's Seahawk Club and athletic scholarship program.

This run will be the first of its kind on the UNCW campus and will begin at 9 a.m. with waves of 1,000 people taking off every 20 minutes. Participants of all ages are encouraged to run or walk through the colors, including of course, "UNCW teal."

"Our partnership with Color Me Rad is providing a unique opportunity to engage the community in support of the Seahawk Club and UNCW's student-athletes," said Rob Aycock, executive director of the Seahawk Club. "We are thrilled with to see so many UNCW fans backing this initiative and are eagerly awaiting race day."

Last year more than 200,000 runners participated in Color Me Rad events, in 36 cities across the U.S. and Canada. Whether walking or running, every 15-20 minutes, participants are doused with "color bombs." Of course, "UNCW teal" will be a featured color in the October 20th event.

The mission of the Seahawk Club is to strengthen and develop the athletic programs at UNCW by raising funds to support athletic scholarships and the improvement of facilities. The Seahawk Club strives to provide scholarships for approximately 360 student-athletes each year. In the past year, UNCW athletic teams have averaged a 3.12 GPA, have contributed 2,045 hours of community service and have achieved much athletic success.

Entrants can register now or up to the day of the run and will receive an additional 10% off by using the promotion code "UNCW," which can be applied to the fee at any time.

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The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state's coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with nearly 14,000 students, our university is widely acknowledged for its superb faculty and staff and its powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master's levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology and educational leadership, UNCW is continuously recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability. We are dedicated to offering a community rich in diversity and inclusion, global perspectives, and enriching the quality of life through scholarly community engagement in such areas as health, education, the economy, the environment, marine and coastal issues, and the arts.