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Take your marks, for the Springville Stampede May 9

GET SET — Pictured are the runners who participated in the 2012 Springville Stampede. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, May 9 and will benefit the Springville-Griffith Institute Varsity Club.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute High School Varsity Club will host its fifth annual Springville Stampede on Thursday, May 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The main event will be a 5K race but another race, the Little Griffs Stampede, will also be held, for younger kids.

“Over the past four years, the Springville Stampede has grown into an outstanding recreational event, which the students and faculty of the district can enjoy, with family and community members,” said Chris Mathewson, who is involved in the organizing of the race.

“The variety of community and district members’ donating energy and time, to the success of the race, demonstrates the best of what a school and community can accomplish.”

A shotgun start for the 5K race will be held at 6:30 p.m. The Little Griffs Stampede, for those with little feet, will begin at 7 p.m.

Medals will be awarded, for all age groups, from the 14 and younger age group to the 70 and older group.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the S-GI Varsity Club, which is a student-run and organized group that has a stated goal of making improvements and additions to Springville’s athletic program.

The Varsity Club acts as a support group for various sports teams and raises funds, for uniforms and equipment.

Additions that the Varsity Club has funded include weight room equipment, gym banners, baseball hats, team chairs, for basketball games, and payment for fan buses to football games.

The Varsity Club has fully or partially contributed more than $15,000 to the high school weight room.

“The purpose is to enhance the athletic programs at Springville-Griffith Institute,” Mathewson said, and also “to promote athletic and recreational involvement, among the district’s student population, in the hope of encouraging a lifelong appreciation of the benefits of physically active lifestyles.”

The 2011 race attracted 217 runners, which is the largest turnout for the stampede, since its existence.

S-GI graduate Chad Maloy has won the stampede’s overall title, three times. He holds the course record, as well, finishing with a time of 15:27 and keeping a 4:58-mile pace, last year.

Registration packets may be obtained from the Springville High School’s main office, from the district’s website and on www.buffalorunners.com.

“The benefit of running the 5K is that it is a great way to get some exercise into our lives,” said Dr. James Velasquez, who oversees the varsity club. “More importantly, it is a great way to support the local school district and community. It is a lot of fun!”
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