posted September 4, 1998

21st Annual Run-Bike-Swim-Walk To Be Held During Homecoming

The 21st annual Hope College Run-Bike-Swim-Walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 10 in conjunction with the college's Homecoming.

          The Run-Bike-Swim-Walk, held since 1978 when the college opened its Dow Health and Physical Education Center, will be sponsored by Shoreline Orthopaedic, Sports Medicine Clinic and Lakewood Family Medicine in cooperation with the Hope College department of kinesiology.
          Events will include running, biking, swimming and walking.  There will also be a health fair open to both participants and spectators.
          The 3,200 meter (two mile) prediction walk will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Dow Center and travel through the Buys Athletic Complex.  The 10 best predictions, estimating the amount of time the competitor will require to complete the walk, will win medals.
          The cycling events include a criterium 5,600 meter (3.5 mile) race for non-licensed cyclists that are 17 years old and younger and a criterium 8,000 meter (five mile) race for non-licensed cyclists 18 years old and older.  Protective hard shell head gear will be required and an on-site safety check will be held for the competition, which will begin at 9 a.m. at Holland Municipal Stadium.
          Competitive runners will compete in a 5,000 meter (3.1 mile) run beginning at 10 a.m.
          The Kresge Natatorium of the Hope College Dow Center will be the site of two swimming events, a 400 meter (1/4 mile) race against the clock for those 14 years old and younger, and an 800 meter (1/2 mile) race for those 15 years old and older, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
          The health fair will be held in the Dow Center from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.  Information will be provided on diet and nutrition, exercise and stress
management techniques.  Calculations will be available on a person's body fat, blood pressure, flexibility and muscle strength.
          A T-shirt will be provided for participants who register by Friday, Oct. 2, but entries will be accepted on Oct. 10 at 7:30 a.m.  Competitors may dress and shower in the Dow Center.
          The registration fee is $6 for each competitive event. Registration forms are available at the physical education department office in the Dow Center on the Hope campus or by calling 395-7690.