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50th annual Olde English Classic taking place Sept. 29

Thursday, September 13, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at or 608-363-2849

One of the most unique cross-country meets in the Midwest for its course design and layout, the Olde English is scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 29, at Leeson Park located at Milwaukee Road and Leeson Drive in Beloit. This year marks the 50th running of the Beloit College Olde English Classic.

The 5K President’s Open Race kicks off with a bugle call and pistol shot at 10 a.m., followed by the women’s 5K and men’s 8K collegiate races at 11 a.m. and noon, respectively. Community members are invited to run in the open race and to stay for the collegiate races to cheer on the runners.

A longtime feature of Homecoming Weekend, the Olde English consists of a variety of obstacles, including bales of hay, steeplechase barriers, logs, and two creek crossings.

Team Beloit will also be vying to continue its winning streak for the coveted “Shoehorn Trophy,” a prize comprised of antique running spikes from the Beloit athletic department and an antique bugle donated by a Beloit faculty member. This year, Team Beloit is expecting to face off against a returning team from Lawrence University that narrowly missed taking home the trophy last year.

Registration for the President’s Open Race is $10 for community members. Visit or click here to register before midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Anyone wishing to register after that date will need to do so on site on race day.