Run Like A Roadrunner

2 May

California State University, Bakersfield is hosting a 5K Run/Walk as part of the Celebrate CSUB week on campus.  The 5K race is taking place on Saturday, April 27 at 8 a.m.  The 5K will start at the Student Recreation Center, and through the CSUB campus, and end back at the Student Recreation Center.  The entry fee is $20 for the April 22, 8 a.m. pre-registration deadline, and $22 on race day.  The cost includes a T-shirt, a post-race breakfast, and a raffle ticket to win prizes.  The race is available to anyone in the community who would like to run.  Kris Grappendorf, the race organizer, said CSUB is hosting the race to provide an event that brings the community on campus, and that encourages people to be active.

For people who would like to run in the race, but don’t have child care, CSUB has child care available.  While the race is in progress, kids 5 to 10 years old can enjoy organized physical activities from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. in the CSUB Old Gym.  The Old Gym is located on the other side of the CSUB Police Department from the Student Recreation Center.  Runners can pick up their kids after the race.

“The proceeds of the race go to CSUB’s Department of Physical Education and Kinesiology,” said Grappendorf.  The 5K race is part of the annual Celebrate CSUB day that the school holds every spring quarter.

“We’ve done it every year that we have had Celebrate CSUB.  I believe six years” said Grappendorf.

Deborah Burks, an assistant in the CSUB Office of the President is going to be at a booth at Celebrate CSUB.  Burks will be running a contest at her booth.

“We have trash cans that have been painted by art students, and we are going to have people passing by vote for the best trash can.  The winner will receive a prize basket full of goodies, and an award certificate,” Burks said.

According to Burks, Celebrate CSUB has become bigger and bigger.  All the booths, music and food give Celebrate CSUB a carnival atmosphere.

“We have robots, rocket ships, something for everyone,”  Burks said.  “Just about every department participates, to show off their wares.  That’s the idea behind Celebrate CSUB, said Burks.

“Celebrate CSUB” occurs every spring quarter at the CSUB campus, and takes place immediately after the morning freshman student orientation.  This is so new students and their families get to know the school better and for the school to get to know the students.  The new students can find out information about the different clubs at the school, and sign up for clubs as well.

For more information or to sign up for the race call Kris Grappendorf at (661) 654-2378 or email her at


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