Judson University Athletics Coach Joel Cotton Runs for 50 Miles and $50,000 | Judson University Christian College
Judson University Athletics Coach Joel Cotton Runs for 50 Miles and $50,000

(Elgin, IL - September 5, 2013) This September, Judson University's Athletic Director Joel Cotton will hit the ground running to raise support for Judson's Athletic Department. He's calling it the "Run for 50," running 50 miles to raise $50,000 in honor of Judson University's Golden Centennial, marking 50 years since the Christian liberal-arts institution was established in Elgin (1151 N. State St.). Since its opening in the fall of 1963, the school has expanded to include a second campus in Rockford (1055 Featherstone Dr., Suite A).

"I consider myself a runner, though I haven't trained competitively for awhile," Cotton explained. "As I got to thinking about the 50th anniversary and what we could do to commemorate it, I thought that it would be neat to connect both the Rockford campus and the Elgin campus in some way."

The distance between the two campuses is about 46 miles. Cotton will begin his journey at the Rockford campus on Monday, September 23, and over the course of the week he will run a portion of the distance, picking up each day where he stopped the day before. At the end of five days, Cotton will have covered the 46 miles between Elgin and Rockford and on Saturday, complete the full 50 miles with the annual 5K Homecoming Run on Judson's Elgin campus that Saturday, September 28. Cotton will post daily updates on his progress at www.judsoneagles.com.

Fifty miles in six days to raise $50,000 is an ambitious goal, but Cotton believes that it will directly impact Judson's student-athletes by providing them with an outstanding intercollegiate athletic experience in a Christ-centered environment.

"I want to raise the awareness of Judson athletics to our surrounding community as well as to our alumni and current fan base," says Cotton. "I have been fortunate to be at Judson for five years now and have seen the success that our department has had in that small time period. Much of that success is a direct result of the support that we have developed around our athletic programs. I only want to see that support grow as our teams continue to compete for championships and represent the mission of Judson University in shaping lives to shape the world."

Others can participate in the "Run for 50" in several ways. First, people are welcome to join Cotton on any leg of the journey. There are already some that have committed to running a portion of the race, including Judson's new president, Dr. Gene C. Crume Jr., who is a runner himself. Second, everyone is welcome to cheer on runners along the route. Third, all are encouraged to spread the word about Judson Athletics and share with others the importance of joining this wonderful community. Finally, Cotton is seeking financial support of $1 per mile ($50 total) or more to support Judson Athletics. Donations can be made online here, or can be mailed in to the athletic department by filling out a flier, which you can download here. On all financial donations, be sure to specify the fund or sport that you would like your donation to go to. All donors will become members of the Judson Athletics Club.

"We are so excited about what Judson Athletics will accomplish this year and into the next 50 years," says Cotton. "Join the 'team that supports the teams' at Judson and we look forward to celebrating the many milestones that lie ahead!"

The Judson University Eagles boast 16 different sports teams, including men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field and cross country, baseball, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, golf, cheerleading and poms.

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