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September 18th, 2008
Run benefiting city cemetery Oct. 25

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Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery board member Betty Wolverton shows one of the unique trophies that she has been making every year for the organization’s annual From Here to Eternity 5-K Walk/Run, scheduled Saturday, Oct. 25. The trophies are miniature tombstones made of cast concrete, poured into molds made from venetian blind slats. She “invented” the trophies after exploring the cost of trophies five years ago. Danny Ortega of Corridor Awards contributes the plates that go on the tombstones. For information on the run, call Carmen Imel at 754-0490.

by PAT MURDOCK

The Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery will holds their fifth annual “From Here To Eternity” 5-K Walk/Run Saturday, Oct. 25, to raise funds to help the city of San Marcos preserve and protect one of its historic jewels, the San Marcos City Cemetery.

Repeating its traditional route from the Lamar Annex on Blanco Street to and looping through and around the San Marcos City Cemetery, the “From Here To Eternity” 5-K Walk/Run will begin at 8 a.m. sharp on Oct. 25.

Runners can register on line, using the Web site’s convenient on-line payment plan. Entry forms are also available on the San Marcos Runners Club Web site. Registration forms, along with checks or money orders, can be mailed to Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery, P. O. 1593, San Marcos, Texas 78667-1593. Make checks payable to Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery. Mail-in registrations must be received and postmarked no later than Monday, Oct. 19.

Race entry fees are $15 before Oct. 19 and $20 afterward and on the day of the race. Current Texas State University-San Marcos students will receive a $3 discount with a student ID. Race-day registration and check-in will start promptly at 7 a.m. at the Lamar School Annex.

According to Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery President Shannon Fitzpatrick, the San Marcos Runners Club will be officiating the walk/run.

“We could not do this without David Alexander and the San Marcos Runners Club,” FitzPatrick said. “They are the experts when it comes to putting on races.”

FitzPatrick said sponsorships are still available. For more information on the walk/run or sponsorships, contact Carmen Imel at 512-754-0490.

The challenging 5-K course begins at the San Marcos CISD’s Lamar Annex and continues on residential streets that vary from flat to hilly, and loops through the San Marcos City Cemetery before finishing back at Lamar. View the race route map on the San Marcos Runners Club Web site.

Race categories are divided in age and gender divisions. Age divisions include 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over.

Delightfully unique, handmade tombstone trophies will be awarded to the overall male and female finishers, the top male and female masters finishers (over 40 years of age) and to the top three male and female finishers in each age division.

FitzPatrick applauded the support that the organization has received from Daniel P. Ortega of Corridor Awards who has provided the plates for the handmade tombstone trophies since the walk/run’s first year. Awards will be presented at approximately 9 a.m. On the day of the race, tee-shirts will be presented to the first 75 registered participants.

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