OXFORD -- When the staff of Oxford College's athletic department decided to resurrect a fall 5K last year, the race was primarily restricted to the college's students, faculty and staff.
"I've been told that a 5K was an annual thing on campus several years ago but they didn't have it for a few years," said Peter Sherrard, assistant athletic director for facilities. "I brought it back last year as an intramural event for the campus and we had between 30 and 40 participating."
This year, the Oxford Fall 5K is seeking more runners and is opening up registration for the community. The race is set to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, on campus. The race is just one of the components of Oxford Family Weekend, which also includes campus tours, live music, a picnic and two matches featuring the Lady Eagles soccer team.
"This year, we're trying to get more participation to get the community involved, so I worked with the student activities group to make it part of Oxford Family Weekend," Sherrard said. "We hope we can get some parents and alumni involved.
"I'm hoping we can get around 50 runners this year. I've already had several students sign up and a lot of students will show up that morning and we've had a couple of alumni email about signing up."
The 3.1-mile course begins by the college's outdoor volleyball and basketball courts near Lil's Dining Hall and courses through some of the city's residential areas before taking runners past Old Church on Wesley Street and the Oxford Historical Cemetery on Ga. Highway 81 before coming to an end at venerable Seney Hall on campus.
"There are some rolling hills and a lot of good scenery," Sherrard said. "It's a nice little course."There is no registration fee for Oxford College students, faculty and staff, Sherrard said, and all other participants can pre-register for $10 or can sign up on race day for $15. Competitors will also receive a T-shirt.
The Oxford College athletic department, which is sponsoring the race, will be the beneficiary of any funds realized from the Oxford Fall 5K.
"If we can generate extra funds, it all goes back into the athletic department," said Sherrard. "We'll basically use it for equipment and maintenance in our weight room."
For more information on the Oxford Fall 5K, visit www.oxford.emory.edu/5K.
SOCCER UPDATE: The Oxford College women's soccer team endured a difficult week, losing their first home matches of the season. The Lady Eagles lost 7-1 to Middle Georgia College on Sept. 13 and then fell 10-0 to Brevard Community College on Sept. 18.
The good news is that the Lady Eagles (2-5), coached by Gregory Moss-Brown, play five of their next six games -- including four in a row -- at Bivings Field. Oxford College will host Judson (Ala.) College at 5:30 p.m. today, will host South Carolina-Lancaster at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and will compete in a match against Lady Eagles alumnae at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday as part of Oxford Family Weekend.
For more information on the women's soccer program, visit www.oxford.emory.edu/athletics.