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October 3rd, 2011
5-K walk/run slated for Saturday to benefit cemetery


Special hand-made miniature “tombstone” trophies will be up for grabs for winners in this weekend’s eighth annual “From Here To Eternity” 5-K Walk/Run.

The “From Here To Eternity” 5-K Walk/Run is sponsored by the Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery, a non-profit organization devoted to preserving and promoting the resources, services and historic significance of the city cemetery. Last year’s run attracted 78 competitors.

The 5-K will begin at the corner of Blanco and Hutchison Streets in San Marcos at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. The race entry fee is $20. Current Texas State University students will receive a $3 discount with a student ID.

To register on-line, go to the San Marcos Runners Club website. David Alexander and the San Marcos Runners Club will officiate the walk/run. The challenging 5-K course begins at 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 at the Lamar Annex. The race route map can be viewed here on the San Marcos Runners Club website.

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.

Day of race registration will begin at 7 a.m. at the Lamar School Annex. The race starts at 8 a.m. and awards will be presented at approximately 9 a.m.

Unique handmade tombstone trophies created by Betty Wolverton 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. On the day of the race, colorful, creatively designed tee-shirts will be presented to the first 75 registered participants.

Sponsors of this year’s race include Thomason Funeral Home, Pennington Funeral Home, Jane Hughson and Wells Fargo Bank, according to Pat Murdock, president of the Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery.

Last year, 34-year-old Doug Framke of San Marcos posted the best overall time of 18:13 minutes in the seventh annual 5-K run/walk. He was also declared the male overall champion. Sixteen-year-old Amara Smith of Kyle posted a time of 23:03 to become the overall female champion.

For more information about the run/walk, contact Murdock at (512) 353-1943 or e-mail her at

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