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Denver runners get in on the NCAA Women's Final Four action at the 4Kay Run

Runners take off at the 2011 4Kay Run Hydrated by Powerade Zero.
Runners take off at the 2011 4Kay Run Hydrated by Powerade Zero.
4Kay Run courtesy of the NCAA

From March 30 to April 3, Denver will host the NCAA Women's Final Four for the first time. Along with the games, kids clinics, Tourney Town, and the Mile High Dribble, the event will also feature the 4Kay Run on Saturday, March 31, at 9:00 a.m.

Now in it’s fifth year, the 4Kay Run is held in honor of Kay Yow, the late North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach. Over her 38-year career, Coach Yow scored 700 victories, a feat only five other Division I head women’s basketball coaches have achieved.

Yow was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, but still went on to lead the U.S. women's basketball team to an Olympic gold medal in 1988. She continued coaching until losing her long battle with breast cancer in 2009.

“Five years ago, those of us here at the NCAA wanted to pay tribute to Coach Yow’s career and the impact she had on women’s basketball,” said Michelle Perry, the NCAA Director of Women’s Basketball.

They came up with the idea to host the 4Kay Run, with all proceeds going to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Starting at Civic Center Park, the 4Kay Run course offers a short tour of downtown Denver, including Confluence Park, the Cherry Creek bike path and Sculpture Park.

“The Local Organizing Committee has set up a great route, so it makes a unique way for out-of-town fans to see the city as they get ready for Women’s Final Four action,” said Perry.

Registration is available online for $20, or for $25 at the event. The first 1,500 participants will also receive a 4Kay Run T-shirt donated by Nike.

Check here for more information or to register for the 4Kay Run Hydrated by Powerade Zero.

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