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Polar Bear Run to kick off Winter Carnival

DU Pioneers will celebrate the sunny days of winter during the Winter Carnival, a weeklong series of events culminating in an on-mountain celebration at Winter Park Resort.

Winter Carnival is one of three flagship events hosted each year by the DU Programs Board.

The 49th annual Winter Carnival kicks off on Sunday, Jan. 25, with the Polar Bear Run in Washington Park for DU students, faculty, staff and community members.

All proceeds from the run will benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Each entrant receives a long sleeved T-shirt, a LIVESTRONG wristband and refreshments. Awards will be given for both teams and individuals. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. in the southeast section of Washington Park, and the race begins at 10 a.m. Registration is $15 for DU students and $20 for all others.

Other Winter Carnival events include:

Monday, Feb. 2
Free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream will be given out at areas all over campus.

Tuesday, Feb. 3
“Grill-N-Chill” on the Driscoll Lawn. 2 p.m. Sponsored by the DU Grilling Society.

Wednesday, Feb. 4
Screening of the movie “Miracle” in Sturm Hall’s Davis Auditorium. 8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5
DU men’s basketball game vs. Middle Tennessee. in Magness Arena. 7 p.m.

On-mountain activities at Winter Park starts Friday, Feb. 6. Weekend activities include an ice skating event, skiing and snowboarding, tubing and après skiing with members of the ski team.

More than 330 people have already registered to attend, according to Jason Lundberg, president of the DU Programs Board. “When there are that many people together at a small resort, it’s very noticeable that the DU community is there — it’s the best weekend of my college career,” he says.

Bus transportation to and from the resort is available, and registration spots are still available for some events. Special lodging rates are available for DU Winter Carnival attendees at the Vintage Hotel in Winter Park.

Learn more and register for Winter Carnival.

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