Ring Road Race for Champions Set for Sunday

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus will be the setting for the second annual Ring Road Race for Champions this Sunday. The race was rescheduled from last Sunday, due to the closing of the campus due to the bombings at the Boston Marathon last week.

The 5000 kilometer race, which benefits the Special Olympics, is put on each year by UMass Dartmouth's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee).

"Over time, we have participated in several events involving the Special Olympics and have witnessed the wonderful opportunities this organization provides for people with disabilities to discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success through the joy of sport," said Mike Thomas of the SAAC, a member of the Corsair football team. "This race is one of our efforts to keep our student-athletes actively involved in our community, while raising money for this charitable cause."

The race will follow the women's cross country course at UMass Dartmouth, and will finish at Cressy Field, and Thomas looks for another successful outing.

"Last year, at this time, we had between 50 and 60 people pre-registered," said Thomas. "This year, we have about 80 and we're hoping for around 150 people. We raise money through the registration fees paid by runners, and a raffle that we sell tickets for on the day of the event. The Student Government Association is sponsoring the timing company and some of our prizes, and Pepsi is donating the T-shirts."

To register, go on line to runreg.com and look for the Second Annual Ring Road Race. In addition, registration is available on the day of the race in the lobby of the Tripp Athletic Center between 8:00 and 9:45 a.m.

The SAAC will dedicate the final mile of the race in memory of the victims of last Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon. In addition, anyone who would like to may walk or run the last mile of the race free of charge. Donations for the tragedy in Boston will be accepted, and will go to One Fund Boston. There will also be a pledge wall, at which pledges for acts of kindness will be accepted.  Anyone who is registered and wears Boston gear will receive two additional raffle tickets.

"Given what transpired last Monday, the members of SAAC felt that it would be fitting that the last mile of the road race be dedicated to the Boston bombings," said Thomas. "This will serve as a way in which the community can come together and show that we will persevere through all the adversity, and come together regardless of the situation. This dedication will also be a way to show support for all those affected by this tragedy. There will be blue and yellow ribbons for all runners who would like one; this will be representative of the colors of the marathon's finish line."

                                                   UMASS DARTMOUTH ATHLETICS