Parents Weekend 5K

Co-Sponsored by Campus Recreation & Parents Programs

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017

The Parents Weekend 5K will begin at 8 a.m.
On-site registration will begin Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and end at 7:15 a.m.

Registration (NOTE: Pre-registration closed Wednesday, Oct. 4)
On-site registrants are not guaranteed t-shirts, but we hope to have enough to provide one for everyone.
Please plan to arrive no later than 7:15 a.m. to give yourself enough time to register.

All pre-registered participants should arrive to the Solomon Blatt PE Center by 7:30 a.m. Runners will also need to pick up their timing chip before the race begins.

5K (3.1 miles) – All registered 5K runners will receive a racing bib and timing chip.
2.0 mile walk – All walkers are required to be registered and will receive a racing bib but not a timing chip.

The course begins outside the Solomon Blatt P.E. Center (PEC), located at 1300 Wheat Street, and continues through Columbia’s historic Shandon neighborhood; the finish line is outside the PEC. Skates and bicycles are prohibited. This is not a certified course.

Entry Fee / Eligibility
• USC parents & relatives: No entry fee for USC parents & relatives who have purchased a university-sponsored Parents Weekend package
• USC Columbia students: No entry fee
• USC Columbia faculty/staff: No entry fee
• Note: Spouses, dependents & relatives of USC Columbia faculty/staff are not eligible for participation
• Alumni and community members: Not eligible for participation

Day-of registration will be available beginning at 6:30 a.m. until 7:15 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.

All participants will be asked to sign a waiver of liability & release.

Packet Pickup
All pre-registered participants should pick up their packet (race number, information sheet) on Friday, Oct. 6 at either of the following times/locations:

• 10 a.m.-5 p.m. @ Russell House University Union, Ballroom
• 8-10 p.m. @ the Beach Bash (entrance at the pool house gate located at the Strom)

Prizes & Raffle
Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in the following categories:
USC Parent, USC Relative, USC Student, USC Faculty/Staff, Youth (under 17)

All pre-registered participants will be entered into the raffle. The prize/raffle session will begin shortly after everyone has crossed the finish line. You must be present during the raffle to obtain your prize.

T-shirts will be available at the finish line; you must be present to pick up a shirt.

Weather & Water
Be prepared for high humidity and heat as Columbia, S.C., is capable of having temperatures reaching into the 90s in September. Water stations will be available at the start/finish and midpoint. Participants are encouraged to bring a water bottle.

In the event of inclement weather, please call our RecCheck Weather Hotline (803-777-5725) and press 3 (for Aquatics) to check the status of the race. You can also check out the status on the USC Group Exercise Facebook page). We will do everything we can to proceed with the race as planned. If cancelled, there will be an opportunity for all students or pre-registered families to pick up t-shirts during the next week.

Locker Rooms
Locker rooms will be available. Please bring a daily lock if you would like to secure any personal belongings.

There is limited parking directly adjacent to the Solomon Blatt P.E. Center. Metered parking is available on surrounding streets. Wheat Street will be closed beginning at 7 a.m.

If you have registered for Parents Weekend, you will have received a nametag and Parents Weekend parking pass in your materials. You may park in the Bull Street Parking Garage, take a ticket as you enter gate three and show your official Parents Weekend nametag to exit for free!


For Additional Information
Contact Chrissy Strow (