Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

Marshall Recreation Center to host Pump and Run competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall Recreation Center’s annual Pump and Run, a competition that features weight lifting and running, will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the center on the Huntington campus.

Race director Michele Muth said Pump and Run is a great opportunity for participants to get an intense workout, train for other Pump and Run races and enjoy the competition.

Participants can take up to 15 minutes off their running time by shedding 30 seconds from their time with each bench press rep. The 5k run (3.1 miles) will be completed outside around the Marshall University campus, and will include chip timing.

The pump portion of the race, which precedes the run, will take place in the recreation center. After weighing in to determine the amount of weight to be bench pressed, racers will do up to 30 reps at a designated resistance.

Men 39 years of age and under will be responsible for lifting 100 percent of their body weight.  Men 40-49 will lift 90 percent of their body weight, and men 50 and over will lift 80 percent of their body weight.

Women 39 and under will be responsible for lifting 70 percent of their body weight.  Women 40-49 will lift 60 percent of their body weight and women 50 and over will be responsible for lifting 50 percent of their body weight.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age to compete. Scores will be determined by: 5k time minus number of reps x 30 seconds. Awards will be given to the overall top male and female contenders and to the first-place finishers in each men’s and women’s division.

Anyone interested in competing may sign up for Pump and Run at the Marshall Recreation Center welcome desk or by visiting for online registration or to print the registration form.

Participants can sign up for the Pump and Run the day of the event. The entry fee is $20. For more information or to sponsor the race, contact Muth at 304-696-2943 or e-mail her at

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
Marshall University | 213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
Fax: (304) 696-3197