Cloudy skies and a few rain showers could do nothing to dampen the spirit of Bronco Nation at the fourth annual Beat Coach Pete Run/Walk on Saturday. A record number of 2,194 racers and walkers turned out for the 3.1 mile fun run/walk, with all race proceeds going to the General Scholarship Fund at Boise State.
Bronco head football coach Chris Petersen, who originated the scholarship fundraiser in 2008, finished the race in just over 30 minutes. He donated an additional $5 to the scholarship fund for each of the 1,032 racers who finished ahead of him. With Coach Pete's donation of $5,160, race organizers estimate this year's event will raise close to $40,000 in scholarship money for students who need it most.
The 2011 Beat Coach Pete Run/Walk also saw participation from halfway across the globe, as soldiers from the 116th Cavalry Brigade, Idaho Army National Guard, conducted their own fun run version of Beat Coach Pete with their deployed troops in Iraq. Nearly 400 soldiers participated on April 9th in Iraq (which was actually Friday in Boise) as part of their MRW (morale, recreation and welfare) program. Units of the 116th Cavalry Brigadeade serving in both Baghdad and Taji, Iraq, carried Bronco flags and wore Bronco gear during the race, and were sent Beat Pete Crew t-shirts courtesy of race title sponsor United Dairymen of Idaho and autographed memorabilia by Coach Pete for their efforts.
In the four years the event has taken place, nearly 5,000 runners and walkers have participated, and the total scholarship money raised is close to $100,000.