Otero College will host the Rattler Run on April 9 – La Junta Tribune Democrat


After a seven-year hiatus, the Rattler Run will once again take place on the Otero College campus. Sponsored by the Otero College Foundation, proceeds from the event will be used to purchase equipment for the Otero College Fitness Center. The deadline for registration is Friday, March 18.

Scheduled for Saturday, April 9, the race will feature two events, a fun 5k run/walk and a 10k run. The 10k will start the day at 9:00 a.m. followed by the 5k which has a start time at 10:00 a.m. There will be prizes for the fastest time in the men’s and women’s categories for both races as well as a 14 and under winner for the 5k. The awards ceremony will take place at Rattler Field, weather permitting.

The entry cost for the 10k will be $30, while the 5k is priced at $20. Current Otero College students will be able to register for $10 for either race. The registration price includes a t-shirt that participants can pick up the day before the races, Friday, April 8, at the Otero College fitness center between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Once both events are over, Rattler Field near the Kiva will be prepared for the fun and food trucks will be invited for runners and spectators to enjoy! All sponsors will be offered a booth to advertise their businesses and interact with the community. The sponsors will also appear on the back of the t-shirts given to all participants and volunteers.

Dillon Martin, Director of the Foundation, shared, “We would really like to encourage all supporters of Otero College to participate in this event. Whether you’re walking or running, grabbing a bite to eat or just browsing the sponsor booths, we really hope this event draws the whole community. Everyone is welcome!”

To register, participants will fill in the information here: https://form.jotform. com/220377370831050

For questions about the 2022 Rattler Race or if you or your company would like to help sponsor the event, please contact Jordan Wise, Fitness Center Manager at 719-384-6919 or email him at [email protected] otero.edu.

About Otero College

Founded in 1941, Otero College is located on an attractive 40-acre campus on the southern edge of La Junta, Colorado. Otero College’s mission is to provide accessible, quality higher education that transforms lives, expands employment opportunities, enriches communities, promotes individual and global cultural diversity, and fosters economic development.

Otero College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the Colorado Community College System. Otero offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees for students planning to move into four-year bachelor’s degree programs. The College also offers many ready-to-use diplomas and certificates that prepare students to enter the workforce in one or two years.

Otero is a full-service campus offering student housing and on-campus dining services. Students have the opportunity to both receive an exceptional academic education and experience the conveniences of a large university with 12 intercollegiate sports and numerous student life clubs, organizations and events.


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