University champions active lifestyles with launch of inaugural Campus 5K

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Athletes from the University of Stirling were warming up the legs this week as they helped launch the inaugural Campus 5K which takes place on Tuesday 4 April.

The University of Stirling has reinforced its commitment to promoting healthy and active lifestyles after launching its inaugural Campus 5K which will take place on Tuesday 4 April.

The first ever University of Stirling Campus 5K is open to runners of all abilities, over the age of 12, from those tackling their first organised run to more experienced athletes looking for a competitive challenge in a unique setting. Participants can run, jog or walk the course to suit their own personal fitness levels.

Following a successful Festive 3K in December, the Campus 5K is the latest addition to the University’s growing programme of inclusive health and wellbeing events which are open to students, staff and members of the local community. The University is using its diverse programme to demonstrate the benefits of physical activity and hopes it will result in more people enjoying active lifestyles.

The new 5K has been developed and organised by students from the University’s MSc Sports Management course, in partnership with the Sports Development Service and the University Athletics Club, who are hoping to see a big turn-out of student, staff and community runners.

Speaking at the launch, Niamh Kennedy, one of the race organisers, said: "We're extremely excited for the University of Stirling Inaugural Campus 5K and look forward to welcoming runners of all abilities, from across the area, to the University to take part and enjoy the scenery of our beautiful campus."

Cathy Gallagher, Director of Sport at the University of Stirling added: “At Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, we take great pride in delivering sport and physical activity for everyone, from toddlers learning to swim to athletes competing at the Olympics. The Campus 5K is a great opportunity for us to bring staff, students and the local community together in a fun environment and promote the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle.

“It’s particularly fitting for the first ever Campus 5K to take place in the University’s 50th Anniversary year and we’re confident it will become a highlight of the event calendar for many years to come."

The University of Stirling Campus 5K will start at 6.30pm on Tuesday 4 April with registration open from 5pm at the Gannochy Sports Centre (FK9 4LA).

For specific enquiries email or call 01786 466900.

Background information

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