C of I to host Homecoming ‘Coyote Dash’ races

The College of Idaho, Caldwell Fine Arts and the YMCA are partnering to host a trio of races for the entire family, all during the festive atmosphere of C of I’s Homecoming celebration. The Sept. 19 races follow the “Curtains Up” Homecoming theme, with racers trying to finish the “Beat Beethoven” 5K before the end of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony (about 30 minutes). Younger children can participate in the Sonatina Scamper, a half-mile course accompanied by the Beethoven Sonatina. The YMCA is completing the offerings with the popular Canyon County Coyote Classic 1-mile race for children under 13.

“These races are a great way for families to be involved with Homecoming and all the action on campus,” said Sally Skinner, C of I director of alumni relations. “It has been great to work with Caldwell Fine Arts and the Y to create races that involve everyone.”

All races begin in Morrison Quadrangle at the heart of the C of I campus. The race schedule is as follows:

Caldwell Fine Arts Beat Beethoven 5K: 9 a.m. Adult: $25 early/$30 after Sept. 8 (includes athletic shirt). Under 18: $20 early/$25 after Sept. 8 (includes athletic shirt)

YMCA Canyon County Coyote Classic 1 Mile: 10 a.m., $20 per child (includes t-shirt)

Caldwell Fine Arts Sonatina Scamper: 10:45 a.m., $5 early/$10 after Sept. 8 (athletic shirt optional, $8)

A big turnout is expected and campus will be crowded for Homecoming tailgating (opens at 8 a.m.) and the C of I football game (1 p.m.), so a free shuttle is offered for easy transportation and parking. It will run from Caldwell High School to the College and back again throughout the day, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Some street parking also is available around campus. Early bird registration is available until September 8. The registration link can be found at or More information about C of I Homecoming events can be found at

This is the third year of the Beat Beethoven 5K for Caldwell Fine Arts. All income generated from the race goes towards Arts Education for local schools

“Racing the clock is one thing, but racing Beethoven’s 5th Symphony is just plain fun,” said Alison Moulton, executive director for Caldwell Fine Arts. “And this race will be a huge benefit to our local school kids. We serve thousands of children who would not otherwise be able to enjoy a live musical performance, masterclass, storyteller or puppet show.”

Late registration and packet pick-up will be held at the Caldwell YMCA on Sept. 18 from 5-7 p.m. Same- day registration and packet pick-up begins at 8 a.m. in Morrison Quadrangle. For more information, email [email protected] or contact Moulton at [email protected] or 459-5783.

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