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NMSU Kinesiology Club to host Aggie Dash

On Saturday, Nov. 2, New Mexico State University's Kinesiology Club will host the fall 2013 Aggie Dash, a nearly 3-mile obstacle course race located along the edge of the NMSU campus.

"By hosting events like this, our annual 5K, and our power lifting meet, we want to raise awareness in alternative and fun ways for individuals to stay fit," said Tony McClary, activities coordinator for NMSU's Kinesiology Club. "The Kinesiology Club is dedicated to improving the quality of life through physical fitness within the community."

During the inaugural Aggie Dash this past April, 48 people ? 12 teams of four ? participated. Attendance is expected to double for this fall's event, according to McClary.

This semester's course will encompass all of the same obstacles from the spring event, including a mud pit, log carry and military crawl. However, it will also incorporate a few new features such as a log-cross balance obstacle, and a brain-game challenge where participants will be required to answer simple questions in order to proceed with the course.

"We are also incorporating an 'All-Clubs' heat where campus clubs will compete against one another for a traveling Aggie Dash trophy," McClary said.

Additionally, there will be an "All-Greek" heat involving fraternities and sororities, with another pair of traveling trophies to be awarded. A cash prize will be donated to the winning team's charity.

A portion of the event profit will sponsor a scholarship for after-school programs through the city of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department. Some of the proceeds will also be used to alleviate expenses for Kinesiology Club members to attend the American College of Sports Medicine conference in Orlando, Fla., in May 2014.

Registration and event check-in will begin at 9 a.m. on the south end of the student tailgating lot, located near the corner of Wells Street and Arrowhead Road on the NMSU campus. Online preregistration forms are available by searching "Aggie Dash" on Active.com. Registration is $25 for students or members of the military, and $30 for non-students. The first 100 registered will receive a free T-shirt.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. outside the Stan Fulton Center at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Individuals who do not have a team will have one assigned to them.