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Colossal Fossil Fusion at the MSU Museum!

NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY & MSU FEDERAL CREDIT UNION DINOSAUR DASH, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6

The MSU Museum is combining National Fossil Day and the 34th annual MSU Federal Credit Union Dinosaur Dash this year on Sunday, October 6.

The MSU Museum is home to the area’s only full-mounted dinosaur casts, Allosaurus and Stegosaurus, which gives the MSU Federal Credit Union Dinosaur Dash its distinctive name. The MSUFCU Dinosaur Dash is one of the longest-running 5Ks in the region. The fast, and flat race is a fall-time favorite and a long-time benefit for the MSU Museum. After the race, celebrate National Fossil Day with a full line-up of family fossil fun activities.

Dashers compete in several different divisions and dinosaur trophies are awarded to overall male and female winners in both the running and walking categories. There are three special runs designed for the younger crowd; the Museum Mile for youths 12 and under to run or walk a one-mile loop, the Mini-Dash is an all-out 200-yard sprint for kids 6 and under, and the Diaper Dash is designed for the youngest of dashers, along with their parents and companions. All participants receive an official Dinosaur Dash medal.

Registration prices vary depending on age and T-shirt styles selected. All registration fees include a quality short-sleeved T-shirt, post-race food including ice cream from the MSU Dairy Store, and a donation that supports the MSU Museum’s educational programs. (Shirt size and selection may be limited on race day.)

MSU Federal Credit Union Dinosaur Dash entry forms are available at MSUFCU branches, Playmakers on Grand River Ave. in Okemos, and at the MSU Museum. The MSU Museum is located on West Circle Drive, next to Beaumont Tower on the Michigan State University campus.  For more details, contact the MSU Museum at (517) 355 – 2370 or email museum@msu.edu.

New this year, the fun continues after the race with National Fossil Day at the MSU Museum from noon – 4:00 p.m. National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by The National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value. Bring in a rock, bone, fossil, or other natural object for a museum curator to identify. Additional activities include a Michigan fossil dig and sift, behind-the-scenes tours, fossil molds to make and take, and more!

MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander remarks, “Thanks to the generosity of the MSU Federal Credit Union, the MSU Museum is able for the first time to integrate two of our favorite annual events, Dinosaur Dash and National Fossil Day. We are thinking of October 6 as a fun-filled 250 million year race into the distant past. We hope all our friends and supporters will join us for both the fun and for sharing the awe-inspiring wonder of the history of life on our planet.”