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UW-Madison Kinesiology Club to host poker run/walk April 19

April 9, 2007

Continuing a tradition of making exercise fun and accessible for everyone, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Kinesiology Club has organized the 11th Annual 5K Poker Run/Walk.

The race will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, and is open to the public. Registration starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Natatorium, 2000 Observatory Drive. Participants may preregister online.

The scenic race route winds through the campus’s lakeshore area. People of all ability levels and ages are encouraged to join in, get some exercise and try their luck at a hand of poker.

Each participant draws three cards when registering, and then draws the two final cards of the poker hand when he or she crosses the finish line. The grand prize goes to the participant with the highest poker hand, not the fastest time.

“The Poker Run is a great way to have fun while exercising. Come enjoy the outdoors, each other’s company and good food. It doesn’t matter the age group or fitness level – it’s all about the luck of the draw,” says Sarah Duffy, Kinesiology Club president.

The entry fee is $10 for preregistration; $12 at the door, with proceeds benefiting Special Olympics and the Kinesiology Club of UW–Madison. The entry fee helps to cover the cost of T-shirts, food, beverages and a DJ. The event will take place rain or shine.

The 2007 Poker Run is sponsored by The Kinesiology Club, University Health Services, Wisconsin Wellness Campaign and The Onion.

For more information, contact Sarah Duffy at