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51st annual Olde English Classic taking place Sept. 21

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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

Described as “a daring, historic, stream-crossed, hay bale-studded course of endurance,” the 51st annual Olde English Classic 5K is set for Saturday, Sept. 21. Per tradition, the race will be held at Leeson Park, located at Milwaukee Road and Leeson Drive in Beloit.

The President’s Open Race will begin with a bugle call and pistol shot at 10 a.m., followed by the Women’s Collegiate Race at 11 a.m. and the Men’s Collegiate Race at noon. The fee is $10 for alumni and community members and free for Beloit College students or for members of the competing/participating teams.

One of the most unique cross-country meets in the Midwest for its course design and layout, the Olde English Classic is a longtime staple of Homecoming Weekend, featuring a variety of obstacles such as bales of hay, steeplechase barriers, logs and two creek crossings.

This year, Team Beloit will face off against Team Ripon and Team Lawrence for the coveted “Shoehorn Trophy,” a prize comprised of running spikes from the Beloit athletic department and an antique bugle donated by a Beloit faculty member. Beloit is a three-time open race champion.

Registration is required for the President’s Open Race. Alumni should click here to register, and all others can visit to register. Online registration will end at midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 18. After that, runners will need to register on site on the day of the race.