Boise State Bronco football coach Chris Petersen--or Coach Pete--had one hell of an ego-inflating year. Not only did the Broncos manage to finish their second consecutive season undefeated, but they also took the taco glory against fellow unbeaten rivals Texas Christian University at the 2010 Fiesta Bowl.
Though a bunch of 200-pound Texans couldn't take Coach Pete down, hundreds of sprightly runners will get the chance.
Now in its third year, the Beat Coach Pete scholarship run challenges local runners to complete a 5K race before the coach can. Last year, Peterson's time was 25 minutes and 52 seconds, and during the last two consecutive years, exactly 322 people have been able to claim they beat Coach Pete.
"Racers will finish and we've got two T-shirts, one that says, 'I Beat Pete,' for everyone that does beat Pete," said Heather Carlson, Boise State campus recreation promotion coordinator. "And then we have one for anybody who does not beat Pete that says, 'I'll Beat Pete Next Year.'"
The race begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, at the Boise State Student Recreation Center and continues along the Greenbelt, finishing at Bronco Stadium. After the race, a party featuring musician Nate Fowler and a number of food and retail vendors will rage on the Smurf Turf. But that's not all.
"We also have an autograph party with the Boise State football team, and I think it will end up being one of the only places people will be able to get autographs this year," said Carlson. "They'll only sign a Beat Pete race number or T-shirt."
For each person who beats Coach Pete, he has promised to donate $5 to the Boise State General Scholarship Fund. Last year, including Petersen's $5,000 donation, the race raised $18,000 for the scholarship fund. Not too shabby, Coach.
Saturday, April 10, Race at 9:30 a.m. Early registration is $10 Boise State students, $20 other registrants. $15 Boise State students, $30 other registrants. Family pricing is $50, which includes one to two adults and up to three children younger than 18, Boise State Student Recreation Center, 1515 University Drive, 208-426-1131, rec.boisestate.edu/beatpete.