Update, November 27: The check-in time for the race has been changed from 5:45am to 5:30am.

NIRSA members, register today for the 2018 NIRSA Foundation Mark Fletcher Fun Run/Walk or In My Dreams Virtual Run & Sleep-in Fundraiser! Yes, we said virtual run! You can still participate even if you don’t want to get up at the crack of dawn. Join presenting sponsor CannonDesign at this year’s fun run/walk, which begins at 6:00am on Wednesday, March 7—the final day of the 2018 NIRSA Annual Conference & Campus Rec and Wellness Expo in Denver, Colorado. This noncompetitive, fun event provides members with a great way to network while living the NIRSA strategic value of health and wellbeing.

What is a virtual fun run/walk?

A virtual run/walk is a race that can be run or walked from any location you choose. You can run, jog, or walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym, or on the track. You get to run your own race at your own pace, and time it yourself (if you want to). If running isn’t your thing, any workout will do! You could participate in the Expo’s Early Morning workout or Fitness Forum events.

And what about this “In My Dreams” thing, you ask? Check-in for the race starts at 5:30am, and we know that’s early to get moving on the last day of the conference. If you prefer the pillow to the pavement, consider participating by sleeping in! Sleep is a key part of wellness, and you can take pride in the fact that you’ll be supporting your NIRSA family even while catching some Zs.

And don’t forget to post your running route, post-workout pic, or sleepy selfie along with the hashtags #ElevateYourRun and #NIRSA2018 on the NIRSA Foundation Facebook page or Twitter feed (@NIRSAFoundation)!

Register today—whether you’re attending NIRSA 2018 or not!

While you can register for the Fun Run/Walk onsite, by registering in advance (online with your NIRSA 2018 registration), you’re guaranteed to receive a Mark Fletcher Fun Run/Walk T-shirt in your size! T-shirt sizes may vary for registrations made after the early bird registration deadline of January 18. The T-shirts are generously provided by our supporting sponsor, College Promotions, Inc.! The City of Denver regulations also limit the number of participants to 100 runners/walkers, so preregistering also guarantees you a spot in the race.

You can also preregister or register on-site at the NIRSA Foundation Table for the Run in Your Dreams Virtual Run. You’ll be sent a selection of digital running bibs so you can print your favorite and wear it while you run or workout on your own! It’s not quite big enough for a blanket, but you could wear it while you sleep in, too.

If you’re not able to attend NIRSA 2018, you can still demonstrate your love for your NIRSA family by participating in the virtual run! Look for options to register online soon. Your participation will show NIRSA members attending NIRSA 2018 that while the “NIRSA family reunion” is taking place in Denver this year, it’s supported across all NIRSA regions.

And remember, your registration fees help the NIRSA Foundation live its mission to enhance the effectiveness of collegiate recreational sports by providing NIRSA members with meaningful opportunities for scholarship, research, and personal and professional development.


  • For more information, please contact Mark Fletcher Fun Run/Walk Committee Chair Rick Craig or NIRSA Foundation Director of Philanthropy Kim Holmes.
Assistant Director of Recreation at San Jacinto Community College | NIRSA Profile

Mary Shelley is currently the Assistant Director of Recreation at San Jacinto Community College and a member of the NIRSA Foundation Mark Fletcher Fun Run/Walk Committee. She can be reached at mary.shelley@sjcd.edu.