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Great job to everyone who participated in the Ultimate 5K Run/Walk this past weekend! Sixty five participants braved the cold and rainy weather to compete in the event put on by Homecoming 2009, Air Force-ROTC and Habitat for Humanity. Special thanks to Minnesota football head coach Tim Brewster for presenting the top two men and women runners with their prizes.
Stay tuned to the Homecoming Blog for a full race recap and more pictures coming soon!
Top Ten Finishers
Race # / Name / Time
711 Alex Brickler 18:55
718 Ryan Daye 19:00
754 Dustin Pederson 19:32
727 Alexander Della Polla 20:22
713 Jesse Jacobson 21:03
712 Adam Justin 21:34
709 Justin Bock 22:09
756 McKenzie Kane 22:18
738 Erin Bennett 22:23
763 Shannah Henderson 22:53
Full Race Results
What makes a great Homecoming theme? A theme must be suitable for the school, provide a lot of room for creativity and appeal to a wide audience. It is an important and exciting component of Homecoming as the theme is a part of numerous aspects of the celebration including royalty, parade floats and house fronts, and competitions.
Drum roll please.... the theme for Homecoming 2009 is "The Ultimate Homecoming". With the return of football to campus and the brand new TCF Bank Stadium, it was decided that University of Minnesota pride should be the focus. It's all about Gopher spirit -- something the entire University community can relate to and get excited about!
With the theme unveiled it's time to get creative planning your float entry, house front, and team swag for Homecoming week!
Historically the Homecoming Parade has been a signature event during the week of Homecoming and the Homecoming Committee is proud that this tradition will continue during Homecoming 2009: The Ultimate Homecoming. As that tradition continues the Homecoming Committee is at the same time excited to implement new changes to the Homecoming Parade. What may be the most significant change is that the 2009 Homecoming Parade will be held the night of Friday, October 9th starting at 7pm.
As some sight visits were taken to observe Homecoming Parades at various Big Ten campuses a common trend was realized... all schools in the Big Ten that celebrate Homecoming with a parade have it on a Friday night. Research into past parades here at the University of Minnesota also showed that historically the U of M has also often had its Homecoming Parades on Friday night in an effort to expand Homecoming activities beyond game day. While helping better conform to the Big Ten, this change will actually bring back a long standing tradition here at the U.
After the parade concludes, participants and spectators will be directed into TCF Bank Stadium to partake in a pep fest featuring appearances by U of M coaching staff, players, administration as well as the coronation of the 2009 Homecoming King and Queen.
Hopefully you will all participate in what will be the Ultimate Homecoming Parade! Stay connected to the Homecoming website to get more updates about registration for the parade and more information about additional opportunities with Homecoming!
A few months ago, the Homecoming committee decided to put together an event that would showcase its Gopher pride, get people thinking about Homecoming early and give other groups on campus the opportunity to display their maroon and gold spirit. After some lengthy brainstorming sessions, it was decided that the event would be a 5K Run/Walk. Homecoming connected with Habitat for Humanity and the Air Force ROTC and the planning began.
Representatives from the three groups began meeting weekly on Monday nights. Everything from the race route to the post-race entertainment and food was planned during the meetings. The idea to give away 150 race t-shirts and sweatbands as promotional items was also established. One of the most memorable planning meetings was the walk through of the race route in the freezing cold Minnesota weather in order to determine where cheering sections and water stations would be placed.
Over the past two months, ideas have been shared, partnerships have been formed, and The Ultimate 5K has been planned. With only two meetings left, time is running out, but the committee is sure the event will be a success. For more information about the race and how to register visit The Ultimate 5K. Be sure you get in on the fun!