Students line up for USC's Great Court Race

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Students line up for USC's Great Court Race


Published on 15 February 2012

15 February 2012

The University of the Sunshine Coast will hold its annual Great Court Race today (Wednesday 15 February) at 12.30pm, weather permitting.

The 800m race is held each year for all students at the University as part of USC’s Orientation Week program, generating plenty of interest and excitement.

The Great Court Race is a serious event for serious runners with cash prizes for both male and female competitors of $125 for first, $75 for second and $50 for third.

The winners will also be presented with the Dean Van der Helm Memorial Shield. Dean was a USC student who died in a road accident soon after competing in the Great Court Race in 2002.

Entry to the event is free. Competitors will gather on campus at the service road between Buildings H and I for the start of the race.

Other Orientation Week activities today include presentations by on-campus sports clubs and societies, academic information sessions, campus tours, a free barbecue lunch, live entertainment and social lunchtime sports activities.

The Golden Key International Honour Society will stage a “great obstacle course challenge” immediately after the Great Course Race at 1pm, while the USC Board Games Society will offer gaming activities at the UniClub from 1-2pm.

Students are also being encouraged to take part in the inaugural Spartan Pool Dash, which will include 50m swimming races and relays for students at the USC Pool from 3pm.

— Terry Walsh

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