5K Confetti Run To Kick Off Fiesta

By Alex Escobar

SAN ANTONIO–During the month of April, San Antonio becomes more alive. This is due to the city-wide celebration known as Fiesta. Fiesta celebrates the rich and diverse culture of San Antonio and Our Lady of the Lake is helping kick of Fiesta this year with their 2nd annual 5K Confetti Run and Walk.

Elizabeth Longoria is the University Events manager and is one of the people who helped create this event. Longoria likes to participate in marathons around the city and in December 2016, she got the idea of having a run at OLLU to help bring attention to the west side of San Antonio.

The run takes place Saturday April 14 and the proceeds made from the run will benefit OLLU student scholarships. “Every penny made from the run goes to scholarships… we are really thankful for our sponsors,” said Longoria.

Longoria brought the idea to Dr. Diane Melby, the President of Our Lady of the Lake University.

“Elmendorf park, which is located near OLLU, was just recently renovated so I brought the idea to Dr. Melby who thought that it was a good idea.” With the green light from the president, Longoria and her team got to work planning out the first Confetti run.

With the help of Adrienne Rodriguez, the Associate Athletic and Campus Recreation Director, the Marketing team and the Development team, Longoria and her team had the first run ready to go for April 1, 2017. Longoria was thankful for the help her she had from her colleagues. “It takes a team to make this happen. I couldn’t have done it without them.” Longoria said.

The first run saw a turnout of 611 people which broke the original goal of 150 people. The 2nd annual 5K Confetti run and walk is looking to reach a goal of 800 people. “Right now, we have 570 registrations but I’m confident that we will reach our goal,” said Longoria. An award ceremony will be held for the runners who come in first for both male and female age groups with also the overall top two male and female runners overall.

To register for the confetti run, Longoria said the fee is $45 on the day of the race and is $40 from March 31 – April 13. The registration fee was $35 dollars up until March 30. Longoria also adds that children under the age of 12 will be able to run free with their parent’s registration. A promo code is available for OLLU student, faculty and staff if you email Elizabeth Longoria at elongoia@ollusa.edu.

All participants registered will receive a packet which will include a t-shirt, a medal designed by Kathy Maule who is the assistant director of graphic design at OLLU, a drawstring bag, and a runner’s bib.

The first run saw a turnout of 611 people which broke the original goal of 150 people. The 2nd annual 5K Confetti run and walk is looking to reach a goal of 800 people. “Right now, we have 570 registrations but I’m confident that we will reach our goal,” said Longoria. An award ceremony will be held for the runners who come in first for both male and female age groups with also the overall top two male and female runners overall.

The race will start at 9 in the morning and will have vendors with food, drinks for all ages and bands and performers set up for the duration of the event that ends at 11 a.m. Come out to celebrate and kick off fiesta with a colorful bang!

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