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Boise Rallies to Beat Coach Pete

Saturday, April 13


How cool would it be to say your running buddy is Boise State University Head Football Coach Chris Petersen? Pretty damn cool, that's how cool. Now is your chance to make that claim—at least for one day—during the annual Beat Coach Pete Scholarship Run.

For the sixth year, runners will lace up their shoes and hit the road with the goal of beating Petersen to the finish line of the 5K race. Petersen will then donate $5 to Boise State's general scholarship fund for each runner who beats him. Last year, the coach ponied up more than $40,000.

As many as 2,500 racers are expected to take up the challenge, but only the fastest racers will earn the coveted "I Beat Pete" T-shirts.

The race starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Boise State Rec Center and winds along the Greenbelt to the finish line just east of Bronco Stadium. Following the race, the celebration will continue with live music, food, a costume contest and prize drawings.

But if you want to run, you've got to be quick to register—online registration at closes Thursday, April 11, although on-site registration will be accepted Friday, April 12, through the morning of the race. Registration is $20 for university students and kids younger than 10, or $30 for everyone else. Families can register up to five people for $80.