Fifth annual Father Ted's 10K helps youth get a running start on education

Author: Melissa Lindley

Father Ted's 10K

Father Ted’s 10K, the fifth annual race for TRiO Upward Bound at the University of Notre Dame, will start at 10 a.m. April 29 (Sunday) at the Jordan Hall of Science.

This 5K and 10K competitive race and family walk provides a spring tour of campus with University landmarks such as the lakes, south quad, library and Golden Dome.

For the first time, the race will chip-timed with digital tags embedded in the race bibs. Participants will see their name in lights when they cross the finish line. A post-race prayer service also will be held this year. This race is part of the Michiana Runners Association official race circuit for 2012. Father Ted’s 10K is the only Michiana 10K race in April.

This family-friendly morning will include entertainment, refreshments and prizes. Participants get a T-shirt and a goodie bag. All proceeds will benefit college scholarships for low-income and first-generation students in TRiO Upward Bound, a college preparatory program at Notre Dame that serves high school students in South Bend and surrounding schools. Through academic services such as tutoring, college visits, summer classes on campus, leadership conferences and motivational speakers, TRiO programs have been helping students from South Bend successfully enroll and complete post-secondary education for more than 40 years.

Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of Notre Dame, also known as “Father Ted,” helped to bring TRiO Programs to the University in the 1960s as a way to expand educational opportunity.

Organizers expect more than 400 Notre Dame students, staff and Michiana community members to come out and help support local youth. Register by April 20 (Friday) for a discount by clicking on the Father Ted’s link at

Race-day registration is also available on-site starting at 9 a.m.

Contact: Melissa Lindley, race director, 574-631-6835,; Stephen Ponzillo, TRiO Program director, 574-631-9004,