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CSU students to host 'Wonderland' race

If runners can avoid losing their heads — as may be ordered by the "Queen of Hearts" — they might be able to enjoy some tea with the "Mad Hatter" and the "Chesire Cat" at Clayton State University next week, a university spokesman announced on Tuesday.

But, runners do not have to be a "Tweedle-dee," or a "Tweedle-dum" in the process.

The Clayton State Pre-Pharmacy Student Association, and Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity will co-host "A Run through Wonderland" 5K race and walk, and 1-mile children's tot trot, on Saturday, Sept. 11.

The race will take place on the university's 175-acre main campus, in Morrow. The event will begin with the 5K race, at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K walk at 9 a.m., and the tot trot (for children under 7) beginning at 10:30 a.m.

It is a fund-raiser for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, according to University Spokesman John Shiffert.

"Although the Clayton State campus has often been described as a natural wonder with its five lakes, woods, and multiple species of waterfowl, the ‘Wonderland' moniker refers to the famed Lewis Carroll fantasy about ‘Alice,' " Shiffert said, in a written statement.

Shiffert explained that the event will literally take a page out of Lewis Carroll's two "Alice"-themed stories, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," (more commonly known as "Alice in Wonderland") and "Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There."

In other words, several characters from the stories, including the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, and Tweedle-dee, and Tweedle-dum, will be on the race course, Shiffert said.

For more information on the race, send an e-mail to Clayton State Pre-Pharmacy Student Association President Hillary Orr, at horr2@student.clayton.edu.

Registration will cost $10 for the 5K walk/run, and $3 for the tot trot, if completed by Friday, according to Shiffert. After that, it goes up to $12 for the race/walk, and $5 for the tot trot.

Persons interested in participating may register on the Internet, at www.arunthroughwonderland.webs.com/.

The winner of the 5K race will get to pick a charity to receive a $200 donation, according to Shiffert.

There was no word out of the university on Tuesday, however, as to whether the Queen of Hearts, with her army of playing-card soldiers, had yet seized control of the Clayton State campus.