Many events planned for annual Dragon Fire Walk for Athletics

Screen shot 2013-03-26 at 9.38.56 AMMSUM supporters will gather for the largest annual fundraising event for Dragon athletic scholarships on April 27.

The 8th annual Dragon Fire Walk for Athletics will look to surpass last year’s successful effort of more than $80,000.

Saturday has a full agenda planned for alumni, the community, and Dragon fans to get involved to support MSUM athletics beginning at 9 a.m. Kicking off the day, the opening ceremony will be held in Nemzek gymnasium followed by the ceremonial walk around campus at 9:30 a.m.

After the walk, at 10 a.m., the non-competitive Dragon Splash Dash 5K Fun Run will begin at Nemzek Hall. MSUM students can register for the race for $20, other runners can register for $30. Scorch will blow the whistle to launch the Youth Fun Run around the MSUM Track at 11:30 a.m.

Dragon alumni games, a Dragon football scrimmage and food provided by the Dragon Grill will take up the rest of the afternoon beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The 2011-2012 MSUM male athlete of the year, Corey Ulmer, and the 2011-2012 female student athlete of the year, Anna VanWechel, are the athletes chosen as the Dragon Fire Walk for athletics leaders.

A trip to the national wrestling meet in 2012, never recording a losing record as a Dragon, and notching two All-NSIC honors and All-American honors compose Ulmer’s career at MSUM.

VanWechel holds two MSUM track and field records, is a three time All-American, seven-time member of All-NSIC Track and Field, a four–time All-NSIC Cross County member, and an Academic All-American.

Both Ulmer and VanWechel have received scholarships raised through the Dragon Fire Walk for Athletics.

Picking up at 6:30 p.m. the evening begins with a cash bar and appetizer social in Nemzek Fieldhouse. The social will be capped with the highly anticipated River Rats Dueling Pianos show. The River Rats are a crowd interactive musical group that have preformed around the country. This 21 and older show is open to the public, ID is required and alcoholic beverages will be served. Coinciding with the entertainment, a silent auction and raffles will be held for a chance to win prizes.

To register or donate to the Dragon Fire Walk for Athletics, visit or call the MSUM athletics department for more information.

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