Lynch to Present Awards at IU Circle of Life Mini Marathon

    Go Hoosiers! Head coach Bill Lynch will present awards to the winners of the IU Circle of Life Mini Marathon and 5K races.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Head coach Bill Lynch will present awards to the winners of the IU Circle of Life Mini Marathon and 5K races.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 31, 2009

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head football coach Bill Lynch will present the awards to the winners of the IU Circle of Life Mini Marathon and 5K races for the second straight year on Saturday, April 4.

    The awards ceremony will take place at approximately 10:30 a.m. just outside Memorial Stadium. The Hoosier football team will follow with its first scrimmage of the spring at 1 p.m.

    "It is an honor to be a part of this tremendous event once again," Lynch said. "The IU Circle of Life raises money for a great cause and it is a privilege to work with this organization in its fight against cancer."

    The IU Circle of Life Mini Marathon and 5K races at Indiana University Bloomington, which were moved from Sept. to April in 2008, will now feature more campus-friendly courses this April.

    Pre-race ceremonies will begin at 7:30 a.m. April 4 in the parking lot of the IU Athletics complex at 17th Street and Fee Lane, with the mini marathon starting at 8 a.m. and the 5K at 8:10 a.m. Participants can register, pick up packets and visit an expo in the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 3 and from 6:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. on race day.

    To register or for more information, go online to

    The races, organized by the IU Circle of Life, raise money to endow scholarships for cancer survivors.

    This year, IU Circle of Life had the honor of awarding its first scholarship to cancer survivor Lucas W. Conner from Greensburg, Ind. Conner survived testicular cancer in his teens and now attends IU Bloomington, where he majors in criminal justice. He was treated at the IU Cancer Center by renowned oncologist and professor Dr. Lawrence Einhorn, who also treated seven-time Tour De France Champion Lance Armstrong.

    Participants can enter as teams consisting of five runners who will be charged at a discounted rate. There will be five categories: Greek Fraternity, Greek Sororities, Open Male, Open Female and Open Co-ed. The four fastest people on each team will have their finish times added together for a total team time, and the fastest teams in each category will win prizes. Circle of Life organizers hope this concept will present participants with opportunities to raise money for their own charitable causes as well.



    The student group is raising money for the Bill Z. Littlefield Scholarship for Survivors, which will enable a cancer survivor to attend one of IU's eight campuses. Littlefield was a Kelley School of Business faculty member who died in 2005 from cancer, and many students in Circle of Life are studying business in the Kelley School.

    The 13.1-mile run is one of the largest running events in southern Indiana and the state's first collegiate-hosted mini marathon. Runners will compete on a road route taking them through the IU Bloomington campus and surrounding areas. There is a 5K event as well.

    A scholarship account has been established at the IU Foundation. Event planners hope that once the scholarship is endowed, annual proceeds of the event will be able to support other charitable causes. Contributions can be sent to the IU Foundation at P.O. Box 500, Bloomington, IN, 47402; made by phone at 812-855-5776; or made online at (specify the name of the account: Circle of Life/Bill Littlefield Scholarship).


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