A Race for Pi at UNC Asheville, March 12; Registration for 3.14-mile and One-mile Runs Opens Feb. 12

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Updated March 10, 2017: Visit unca.edu/pi-run to check status of the run in case of inclement weather. If there is rain or light snow, the race will happen as scheduled. If there is lighting or significant snowfall, the race will be postponed until March 19. A call will be made by noon on Sunday and an email announcement sent to all registrants in the event of cancellation.

UNC Asheville will host a Pi Run/Walk on Sunday, March 12, in honor of the upcoming Pi Day (3/14) and to celebrate all things mathematical. Competitive runners and community members are invited to the outdoor Straus Track at UNC Asheville to test their one-mile time or complete a Pi distance (3.14 miles) fun run/walk. The first one-mile run starts at Pi time, 3:14 p.m.

“This inaugural Pi Run at UNC Asheville brings together all of the ingredients for family-friendly afternoon,” said Stacey Millett, executive director of community engagement and the N.C. Center for Health and Wellness at UNC Asheville. “Everyone is invited to come to campus for a few laps around the track – 12 and a half laps to be precise – at their own pace, and for runners who want a test of their speed, we’ll offer a timed mile.”

The suggested donation for the one-mile run is $10, and runners are required to register online by March 10. The one-mile run will be limited to 40 participants, split into heats by estimated times.

The 3.14 mile Pi Run/Walk is open to the public without charge, though registration is required for all runner/walkers. Online registration opens Feb. 12 and closes March 10. Onsite registration for the Pi Run (not the one-mile run) will be available one hour prior to the event start from 2-3 p.m. on March 12.

Families are welcome to attend (only runners/walkers need to register online), and community programs with a math emphasis will be onsite to join in the festivities, bringing the celebration of Pi or 3.14 full circle. Proceeds will benefit the Asheville Initiative for Math at UNC Asheville and its Marvelous Math Club, which offers ongoing tutoring programs with the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville and Parent U, a program of Asheville City Schools.

“The Pi Day Run is a chance to show your support for math literacy,” said Professor of Math Sam Kaplan, who also directs the Asheville Initiative for Math at UNC Asheville. “Math literacy describes the ability to solve problems, understanding statistical concepts like risk, critical-thinking skills and the ability to communicate effectively with numbers. It also helps us make better decisions about finance and personal health. Math literacy is an essential skill in our current workforce environment and will continue to grow in importance for personal economic success.”

For more information, contact Brandy Bowman, project and administrative assistant for community engagement, at 828-258-7695 or bbowman1@unca.edu. To register for the one-mile run or the Pi Run/Walk, go to unca.edu/pi-run.