UW News

October 9, 2008

Dawg Dash, ‘Pride in 5’ short film contest featured among Homecoming celebrations

The events around UW’s annual Homecoming get under way Sunday, Oct. 12, with the Dawg Dash. The 10K run and 5K walk/run benefits student scholarships, and everyone is welcome — even dogs. The race starts at 9:30 a.m. at Husky Stadium. Visit the Dawg Dash Web site for more information and to register online.

The UW Alumni Association is hosting “Pride in 5” for the second straight year. Pride in 5 is the UW community’s chance to showcase its Husky spirit —small snippets of it, anyway. Participants submit five-second videos demonstrating their Husky pride, and the top three videos receive cash prizes from the UW Alumni Association.

Celebrity judges who are UW alumni — including Fox Sports anchor Angie Mentink and KJR sports radio host Elise Woodward — will decide the Pride in 5 competition. The winners will be announced at the Homecoming Rally and have their videos shown on the Huskytron during the football game against Oregon State, which kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.

Click here for more Pride in 5 information, including official contest rules and videos from last year’s finalists.

Videos may be submitted online through Monday, Oct. 13.

In honor of the UW’s Homecoming, UW alumna and Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire has proclaimed Oct. 17, the day before the Huskies’ Homecoming game, as “Purple and Gold Day” in the Evergreen State.

“I urge all citizens to don purple and gold in honor of this world-class institution and its positive impact on our local, state, national and world communities,” says Gregoire, a 1971 UW graduate.

The governor’s proclamation will be officially announced at the UW Alumni Association’s Fifth annual Homecoming Rally at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, in Red Square. The rally is open to the public and attendees will enjoy free food, fun giveaways, live performances by the Husky Marching Band and Cheer Squad, and special appearances by UW coaches and student athletes.