_ The 2022 Columbus State Cougar 5K Challenge:
Every year the Columbus State Staff Advisory Council hosts the Cougar 5K Challenge to raise money for student book scholarships. Last year the event was a huge success and raised over $10,000, despite switching to a virtual race format due to COVID-19 restrictions. The cost of books is a significant and often overlooked barrier to finishing college. While Columbus State makes every effort to provide students affordable options, sometimes there is no way around the costs of up-to-date, high-quality textbooks. Your participation and support of this race will help us to endow book scholarships so students can “cross the finish line” of their education.
This year you can choose to signup for the in-person or virtual events. In either case, you can register as an individual or as part of a team. When registering, you will also have an opportunity to become a fundraiser or to make a donation.
The participant can run or walk the 5K wherever and whenever he/she chooses between Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 15th. We’ll send a follow-up email closer to the start date to explain how to submit your race time to qualify for some awesome prizes. Due to this being a virtual race where there will be inconsistencies in everyone’s chosen course, possible weather, tracking devices, etc., no placement medals will be awarded to those who choose the virtual format. Instead, everyone will receive a participation medal, a race shirt, and swag bag.
Swag bag pickup dates and times TBA.
*During the registration, you will have an option to not receive a shirt and/or medal. If you select not to receive one or both of these items, the savings from not having to purchase them will go directly back to student scholarships.