Notre Dame Akai 5K Run/Walk

Author: Shari Hill

Terry Akai

The Summer Session Office and the Office of the Registrar will host the inaugural Notre Dame Akai 5K Run/Walk on July 16 at 6 p.m. The event will benefit a graduate student scholarship fund set up in memory of Dr. Terry Akai, former associate dean of the Graduate School, who passed away in February.

This event is open to the public, as well as to Notre Dame, Holy Cross and St. Mary’s community members.

  • When: Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 6 p.m. Note: There are no refunds if the event is canceled. Weather conditions do vary and the event could potentially be canceled if severe weather occurs.
  • Registration: $15. Click here to register online. or register on-site, beginning at 4:30 p.m. (Please note that if you register on-site, you may forfeit the right to receive a T-shirt.)
  • Location: South Quad, in front of the South Dining Hall at the University of Notre Dame.

Course Characteristics: The 5K (3.1 mile) course will take runners/walkers past many famous Notre Dame landmarks. Participants will start on the South Quad, proceed past 100+ year-old residence halls, such as Walsh Hall and Alumni Hall. The course then heads up the Main Quad and circles around the famous Golden Dome. Participants then are treated to a beautiful figure eight loop around the two scenic and serene lakes on Notre Dame’s campus. Finally, runners/walkers proceed past the Golden Dome for a second time and down to the finish on the South Quad. The course is relatively flat and only has one hill about 50 yards in length. For more information, consult the course map.

Water Stations: There are two opportunities to obtain water on the course from a water station.

Prizes: Trophies to the 1st Place male and female. This fall, a new plaque in the Office of the Summer Session, bearing Terry Akai’s likeness, will also note the race winners.

Parking: If you are coming from off campus, you can park in the D6 parking lot located behind the WNDU Studios, off State Road 933. From the D6 lot, it is about a 200 yard walk to the start/finish line located near the South Dining Hall. See the parking map for more detail.

Special Announcement: Although the Akai 5K Run/Walk is open to the public, we have a special event planned specifically for Notre Dame, Holy Cross and St. Mary’s students. Following the 5K on Thursday, July 16, 2009, the Student Activities Office will host a Quad Party outside of the South Dining Hall only for students, featuring live music from Kennedy’s Kitchen, and quad games. Please join us for a full evening of fun! The Quad Party will commence at 6:30 p.m.