Every October, the University of Notre Dame puts on the Domer Run in order to benefit local cancer education and awareness programs. 2013 marks the 30th annual Domer Run. Since its creation, the run has raised over $65,000 for cancer education in the local community.
This morning, October 12, I participated in my second Domer Run. The Domer Run is one of my favorite Notre Dame races for many reasons. Registration is easy; students can register online and non-students can register at the rec center or in-person on race day. Race packets are available for pick-up the Friday before the race or on race day. I have done both ways; picking up the packet on Friday is convenient and allows me to wear the free t-shirt to the race, but pick-up on race day is quick and hassle-free, too.
The run begins at 9:00 a.m. at Legends, a restaurant and nightclub on campus. The start time is not too brutally early for students, and the crisp October weather makes running ideal. Participants choose from a two mile family walk, three mile run, or six mile run. The race is well suited for amateur runners, more serious runners, and families of the surrounding community, ideally increasing the number of overall participants.
The cost and quality of the race is another reason why I love the Domer Run. For $15 (pre-registered participants) or $20, participants run a beautiful course around campus that is well staffed with volunteers who direct you and offer water. Volunteers cheer you on as your sprint your last few yards while others read off finish times as you pass under the inflatable “finish” arch.
After cooling off, finishers can head back to Legends for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast buffet. I know from personal experience how nice it is to unwind from a race with your friends over a plate of delicious, complimentary pancakes. At the breakfast, winners of each division of the race receive awards and a silent auction is held for all participants.
Finally, and most importantly for many students, is the t-shirt. Personally, one of the main reasons why I participate in races is for the free t-shirt. The shirt is made of high-quality material that is intended for physical activity; it is not your average cotton t-shirt. The color scheme changes every year and I was very pleased with the teal and purple this year.
The only issues I had with the race was that it was not very well advertised. I only saw the race promoted in an email blast and on posters hanging around my dorm. This may have contributed to the fact that there did not seem to be as many participants as there were in 2012; I think the organizers should try to advertise it better for next year. Also, the packet pick up on the previous Friday was not advertised at all. I only heard about that option by word of mouth.
Overall, I have really enjoyed my two Domer Run experiences. Interested runners should look out for Domer Run promotions next year in early October. More information about the Domer Run, including finishing times, can be found online.