“Bear Paws for a Cause” at UW-Parkside April 27
The 5th annual "Bear Paws for a Cause" runs and walks onto the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus Saturday, April 27, starting at 10 a.m. This family event is held on the Wayne Dannehl National Cross-Country Course across from Petrifying Springs Park on Kenosha County Highway JR.
"Bear Paws for a Cause" is designed to provide a fun outdoors activity for community members, faculty, staff, and students. The event raises scholarship funds for UW-Parkside student athletes as well as Sport and Fitness Management majors.
Organized by students as part of their event management class, students learn to organize, promote, and accomplish a major event.
"This class provides students with hands-on experience and skills they can use when they leave UW-Parkside," said Assistant Professor Lauren G. McCoy. Dr. McCoy notes this event has raised more than $12,000 for scholarships during its first four years.
For runners, the race portion of "Bear Paws for a Cause" uses age-graded scoring, a handicapping system that compares runners' actual time to their "ideal" time based on age and gender. As a result, past winners have been between the ages of 13 and 52. Individual prizes are awarded to the three fastest male and female racers.
For walkers, "Bear Paws for a Cause" is an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the UW-Parkside campus and Kenosha County's Petrifying Springs area. And all participants are entered in a raffle to win prizes.
The cost is $20 for adults and $17 for students ages 12-18 or those with a college I.D. through Sunday, April 21. After April 22 through race day morning, the cost is $25 for adults and $17 for students. Children 11 and under are free.
On race day, registration begins at 9 a.m. at the course (GPS locator: 4300 Petrifying Springs Rd.). Parking is available in UW-Parkside lots A & B near the course entrance.To register or volunteer, visit the UW-Parkside web site www.uwp.edu keyword: Bear Paws for a Cause or call 262-595-2245. Registration is also available online.