Cuesta College is planning a 5K race on May 11 to celebrate the school’s golden anniversary with activities for all ages.

“We’re excited about the race because it’s an opportunity for us to be part of the 50-year celebration and have a day to showcase physical education and kinesiology,” said Jani Johnson, race director and Cuesta’s kinesiology, health sciences and athletics division chair.

The run will benefit Cuesta College’s kinesiology and recreation departments and its children’s center and is sponsored by the Cuesta College Employee Wellness Committee and Cuesta College Children’s Center. A group of Angela Neary’s recreation administration students will plan, organize and implement the race as part of a REC 204 class project. Cherie Moore’s nutrition class is also involved.

The 5K is open to runners 10 and older and the $30 fee includes a T-shirt. Register at by May 8. Race day registration will take place from 7 to 8 a.m. for $40 followed by the race at 8:30 a.m. The flat fast race course will begin at the Cuesta Track on the San Luis Obispo campus and continue through the old campus and back down Hollister Road.

Awards will be given to the overall top male and female runner. Winners of male and female age group divisions will receive five raffle tickets.

A Cougar Kids Fun Run and Diaper Dash for various age groups will start at 9:15 a.m. The $5 entrance fee will go toward the Cuesta College Children’s Center. Register at until May 8 or pay $10 at the race. Tickets for a drawing and children’s T-shirts will be sold separately. All children who enter the Kids Fun Run will receive a ticket towards drawing prizes.

A free play Kids Zone will be available during the 5K race, prior to the Cougar Kids Fun Run and supervised by qualified Cuesta College Children’s Center staff and Early Childhood Education students.

Other activities include a tribute to the late Dr. Grace Mitchell, the college’s third president, a major supporter of Cuesta’s employee wellness program

Call Jani Johnson at 546-3100, ext 2715 for more information.

Lauren Milbourne | (805) 546-3108 | Email: | Posted March 22, 2013