The 5K Run featured a new flatter out and back course sponsored by C.E. Floyd Company, along with a 1-Mile Fun Walk sponsored by M&T Bank and a Kids Run, sponsored by Merit Insurance. The community event was coordinated with the help of JB Sports Event Management and was the 4th largest of 14 running events in the state that weekend.
The puppy visited the community with his predecessor, Jonathan XIII, who is entering a well-deserved retirement, having served as the University’s mascot since his debut in March 2008. A special retirement party was held to honor and celebrate Jonathan XIII and welcome Jonathan XIV into his new role as UConn’s fourteenth Husky mascot. The party, organized by Activities Director, Mary Ann Milano and hosted by the staff and residents of Crosby Commons, featured a special gift presentation to both dogs, UConn-themed decorations, a UConn cake, an introduction to the dogs, and plenty of time to visit with both huskies. Crosby resident and UConn grad, John Balog, presented the dogs with their gifts and led the guests in the singing of the Connecticut Husky Mascot Song. Staff, residents, and family members, many who are avid UConn fans, gathered for the retirement celebration dressed in their UConn best.
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