A record 2,300 participants brought their Bronco best last Saturday (April 14) to race Boise State football coach Chris Petersen in the fifth annual Beat Coach Pete Scholarship Run/Walk.
Presented by Boise State University Health and Recreation, Bronco Athletics and the United Dairymen of Idaho, the event draws Bronco fans of all types who come out to support the university in their best blue and orange gear. There even were guest appearances by individuals from Coach Pete's high school alma mater, Yuba City High School. The top finisher, Kameron Ulmer, completed the course in 13 minutes and 52 seconds, a new race record.
The race benefited the general student scholarship fund at Boise State while challenging participants to "Beat Pete." Coach Petersen donated an additional $5 to the scholarship fund for each participant who crossed the finish line in front of him. Exactly 1,062 racers topped Pete's 28-minute and 50-second run, generating a $5,310 payout.
Adding this to the registration fees and additional donations, the Beat Coach Pete Scholarship Run/Walk raised $40,000 for the Boise State general scholarship fund. With this year's additions, the race has raised more than $138,000 in emergency funding scholarships to Boise State students since its inception.
Save the date - the sixth annual Beat Coach Pete Scholarship Run/Walk has been set for Saturday, April 1, 2013.