Led by Coach Lute Olson, Wilma the Wildcat, the UA Pep Band, Better than Ever, and a surprising turnout of overall participants, the CATwalk 10k and 5k overwhelmed the UA campus on Saturday morning. The traditional late morning start time and the addition of a 5k fun run allowed a record number of registrants to sleep in then come run and walk. The third year that the UA Intrafraternity Council has partnered with SAR on the event enabled the Council to raise over $80,000 for the Arizona Cancer Center, including the Bobbi Olson Fund.
Top finishers all had a University of Arizona connection: race winners were Doug McGraw, a resident at University Medical Center, and Tia Accetta, a UA graduate school alum now teaching the deaf and hard of hearing here in Tucson. Second place in the men’s race was Reed Blochberger, a UA student, while third went to Tanner Carothers, who stared at the UA before transferring to the mighty Lumberjacks of NAU. In the women’s race, second place went to UA first-year student and Cross Country runner, Kat Howard, while third went to UA alum Alexandra Blake (who ran a 2:59 marathon last month in Chicago).
A record number of Better Than Ever participants ran, walked, and danced their way through the courses. Kudos to BTE for doing such important fundraising while having fun at the same time! Check out the SAR facebook page for Tim Bentley and Jennifer Campbell’s super-photographs of the day and the traditional post-race recap by participants—including reports on the pre-race Macarena and Electric Slide . . .
The CATwalk site lists all the great sponsors, but special thanks on race day to Sol Casinos, Nike, Papa John’s Pizza for providing seemingly limitless pizza, and Coca-Cola, for all the great refreshments. Sol Casino has been a long-time sponsor of the event, and all the Cancer Center donations couldn’t happen without their major support.
Finally, the CATwalk event is organized primarily by students from the University of Arizona’s Pan-Hellenic Council and the Interfraternity Council, as well as staff members from the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. We at SAR are proud of their philanthropic efforts and look forward to continuing the partnership.