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Cornille challenges students to 'Pass the President'

September 25, 2018

Heartland Community College President Keith Cornille will be running in the Heartland Harvest 5k on October 20 and he is betting not many students can beat his time.

Cornille is challenging any Heartland student running in the race to “Pass the President.” If that student posts a better time than Cornille does in the 5K, he’ll personally pay that student back their race registration fee.

“As a new member of the Heartland College and Bloomington-Normal communities, I am continually trying to meet new students and individuals throughout the community,” said Cornille. “So, I decided to offer up the challenge as a means of further meeting and connecting with students, with a little twist to ‘Pass the President.’ All the while raising money to help individuals overcome the financial barriers that can stand in the way of education.”

As Cornille points out, no matter who pays the race registration fee, the money will be going to a good cause. The Heartland Harvest 5K is a fundraising event that benefits HCC Foundation scholarships, creating access and opening doors for members of the community.

The 5K course will lead runners through Heartland Community College's Normal campus on Raab Road to the Corn Crib and back, finishing at the Fitness and Recreation Center where participants will enjoy post-race snacks.

Heartland students looking to size up the competition might want to know that Cornille isn’t getting too competitive about the race.

“To say that I am a competitive runner would be an overstatement,” said Cornille. “I run for my health and as a means of stress relief. And since I have to get my Saturday morning run in, I thought what better way to do it than to challenge folks to join me for a run, or walk, on Heartland’s beautiful campus.”

The President’s challenge is specifically extended to Heartland students, but the 5K is open to all runners. Awards will be given to top-three finishers in six age categories. Runners will be timed by the Lake Run Club.

Participants can register in advance for the race online via or register on site in the Fitness and Recreation Center beginning at 7:30 a.m. race day.

Advance registration for the Heartland Harvest 5K is $25.00 if received by October 19. Race day registration is $30. More registration information can be found at

Written by: Steve Fast