MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- Registration is now available for the 13th-annaul Warhawk Challenge, a 5K and one-mile fun run hosted by the Auburn Montgomery women's basketball team. The 2012 event will take place Saturday, October 13, at the AUM Baseball Complex and will begin at a new start time of 8 a.m.
Registration for the event is $20 in advance and $25 on the morning of the race. A race t-shirt is also be included in the registration fee. Pre-registration can be completed online at http://www.active.com/running/montgomery-al/aum-warhawk-challenge-2012 through October 11.
A new option for registration is also available on race day, as runners can participate for $10, but will not receive a t-shirt.
"We are looking forward to another great year hosting the Warhawk Challenge," head coach Dan Davis said. "We chose to move the race to the middle October in an effort to allow runners to compete in the Montgomery Half Marathon and the Warhawk Challenge. We are hoping for cooler weather for the event, which will encourage more runners and hopefully good times for them. We always enjoy hosting this race and the fellowship that we have with members of the community. They do so much for our program and we are very appreciative of them."
Last year, Will Frye won the men's 5K run with a time of 17:04. Frye finished more than two minutes better than second-place finisher and AUM alumnus Michael Probst, who posted a time of 19:06. Joey Bole finished third with a time of 19:53.
On the women's side, Jill Gregson posted a time of 21:47, finishing 11th overall in the 119-member field. Amee Kyjala was the second female finisher with a time of 24:47, while Stephanie Hall was the third to finish with a time of 25:29.
Overall, three runners finished the 5K in less than 20 minutes, a pace of less than 6:30 per mile. In addition, 11 runners finished averaging better than 7:00 per mile.
The youngest runner to complete the 5K was 10-year old Destin Housman, who completed the course in 31:43. George Wilson and David Flack, both of which are 69 years old, were the oldest runners to cross the finish line, posting times of 27:47 and 47:33, respectively.
In the mile fun run, Andrew Sumner was the top finisher, recording a time of 5:59. Michael Ann Peavy was the top female finisher, posting a time of 9:21. Five-year old Silas Lovett was the youngest runner in the field with a time of 9:13.
Several members of the AUM faculty and staff participated in the event including: Dr. Hank Williford (Department Head in the Department of Physical Education & Exercise Science), Dr. Kevin Banning (Associate Professor and Head of the Management Department), Dr. Timothy Henderson (Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of History), Dr. Mike Esco (Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science), LTC. Bryon Bonnell (Professor of Military Studies), SFC. Jesse Arrington (Military Trainer), Louis Thornton (Wellness Program Manager and Instructor in the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science), Daryl Morris (Director of Residential Housing), Lindsay Diefenderfer (Administrative Coordinator in Human Resources) and AUM Assistant Athletic Director Jessie Rosa.
The 5K portion of the Warhawks Challenge is slated to begin at 8 a.m., while the fun run is scheduled to begin at approximately 9 a.m. For more information, contact the AUM women's basketball office at (334) 244-3235 or visit www.AUMathletics.com.