Runners await Dairy Hill Stampede 5K, 10K Sept. 13...

Runners await Dairy Hill Stampede 5K, 10K Sept. 13 at MTSU Dairy

MTSU School of Agribusiness and Agriscience chair Warren Gill poses with a Dairy Hill Stampede cowbell, which will be awarded to runners during the Sept. 13 5K and 10K events at the MTSU Dairy, located at 3211 Guy James Road in Lascassas, Tennessee. (MTSU photo by News and Media Relations)

The second Dairy Hill Stampede promises to be a multifaceted fun-filled 5K and 10K run for participants Saturday, Sept. 13.

From master of ceremonies coach Rick Insell and four of his Lady Raiders basketball players to MTSU Dairy’s chocolate milk to perfect weather, the event will be a hit for runners and all involved.

Up to 200 runners will be competing in the stampede, which begins at 8 a.m. at the dairy, 3211 Guy James Road in Lascassas, Tennessee, part of the MTSU Experiential Learning and Research Center about 6 miles east of the main campus.

Late and walk-up entries are welcome. The event is a dual fundraiser for the Farm Animal Coalition of Tennessee and the Veteran’s Recovery Center Council. Register online at

“It is for such a good cause,” said Warren Gill, chair of the MTSU School of Agribusiness and Agriscience. “What we’re doing for veterans is so important, and obviously the Farm Animal Coalition means a great deal to me.”

With 135 racers preregistered, Gill said he anticipates a good number of runners registering late.

Each participant will receive a special cowbell for the second year in a row. In addition to water, the dairy’s popular chocolate milk will be served.

Chip Walters, the football and men’s basketball broadcast voice of the Blue Raiders, will be taking photos of both the Dairy Hill Stampede and Raiderfest recruiting event later in the day. The images will be shown at halftime of the MTSU-Western Kentucky football game Saturday night.

Raiderfest is a School of Agribusiness and Agriscience-sponsored event expected to bring at least 200 area high school students to campus.

For more information about the race, call Lou Nave at 615-970-8065 or visit

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