Sept. 3, 2008
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This past weekend Austin was one of 25 cities in the world to host the Nike+ Human Race and three members of the Texas Softball program took part in the 10K event. Junior infielder Loryn Johnson, assistant coach Marla Looper and special assistant and former Longhorn Tina Boutelle competed in the race.
"The Human Race was an enjoyable event due to the fact that so many people were joined together at one moment in time for the same cause," Looper said. "Everyone joined together to run or walk as one no matter their shape, size, creed or color."
About 14,000 runners hit the streets of Austin to celebrate running and unite athletes world-wide through the worlds' largest running event. More runners took to the streets of Austin wearing red Nike shirts than in Los Angeles and New York City, and the capital city only finished behind Chicago for most runners in the U.S.
The race was the first global event to reach such a large participant base, hosting races in 25 different cities. Nike organized physical race cities, but the race was open to any runner who signed up to participate on Nike's web site.
"The race brought people together for a common purpose and help raise money for three different non-profit organizations," Looper added. "The fact that so many people world-wide would come together to raise money and promote total fitness across the world.
Five dollars of every $35 entry fee was donated to the runner's choice of three Nike+ Human Race beneficiaries -- the World Wildlife Fun, the Lance Armstrong Foundation or the UN Refugee Agency's ninemillion.org campaign.
Globally, Nike reports than more than 750,000 runners participated in the race.