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Time Running Out to Register for Collin College Run Featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Carly Patterson

Collin College Alumna Carly PattersonMarch 30, 2016 – Time is running out to register for the Collin College alumni association’s first official event—the CougarRun 5K and Fun Run. Carly Patterson, Olympic gold medalist and Collin College alumna, will kick off the event on Saturday, April 9 at the Collin College Preston Ridge Campus, 9700 Wade Boulevard in Frisco. Open to the public and slated as a family event, the 5K and the fun run begin at 8:30 a.m. Certified by the Frisco Running Company, the running course will start at Lawler Hall.

Patterson says she loved having the opportunity to attend Collin College and encourages people to register for the event, which will benefit the Collin Alumni Scholarship Fund to ensure that no student is denied higher education because of financial barriers.

“To have such an amazing college right here in my backyard, it was awesome to be able to enroll and attend here. I think that everybody who wants to get a college degree and wants to attend college should absolutely have that opportunity whether their financial situation allows it or not,” Patterson said.

Presented by The Pride, Collin College’s association for alumni and friends and title sponsor State Farm, along with additional sponsors Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union and Branch Banking & Trust (BB & T), the event will feature free sno-cones from The Hippie Trailer, a children’s area with a Rough Rider mascot and give-a-ways, tattoos for kids and visits with Collin Cougar. Participants will enjoy free parking and numerous vendor booths with unique items.

Honorary chair of the event, Patterson holds a litany of gymnastic accolades including helping lead the U.S. to the first world championship team gold medal in 2003 and garnering three Olympic medals in 2004—silver in the U.S. women’s team competition, the first medal for the U.S. women in eight years; a personal silver medal on the beam and the most prestigious title in gymnastics, the 2004 Olympic All-Around Champion. Patterson was the first American woman in 20 years to win the All-Around Olympic gold medal since Mary Lou Retton in 1984.

A staunch supporter of education, Patterson earned her Collin College associate of arts degree in 2014 and a bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University. She especially enjoyed her speech classes, and today, as a motivational speaker, she uses those skills to motivate others to follow their dreams.

“I wanted to be able to say, ‘Yeah, mom got the gold medal, but mom also got a college education and degree,’” Patterson added.

Event registration includes a t-shirt, designed by college alumna and graphic artist Karen Carillo; a CougarRun swag bag, sponsored by Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union (RBFCU); a completer medal and chip timing for each registrant.

Registration is available through April 9. Medals will be awarded to the overall male and female finisher and winners in five-year age divisions. For more information and to register, visit  and the Facebook page at . Packet pickup will be at Frisco Running Co., 9359 Legacy Dr. in Frisco. For questions, call 972.599.3146.

Collin College serves nearly 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,300 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.