The Autodesk University AU5K is a Month Away

AU5K 2017

If you are attending Autodesk University next month, you should plan to join us Tuesday morning for some fresh air and fun.

Tuesday, Nov 13, 6:00 AM - 07:15 AM

231817 - AU 5K and Fun Run

“Grab your running shoes and join us on the Vegas Strip for this annual AU tradition started by avid runner and Autodesk expert Shaan Hurley. What better way to jump start your morning and your endorphins while connecting with fellow attendees—all before your AU day begins. Runners of all fitness levels are welcome.”

The Autodesk University annual AU5K is an official AU event being held Tuesday the 13th of November at 6 am, but please show up by at least 5:45 for a group photo. This fun morning run has been going on unofficially for a few years and then last year and this year as an official Autodesk University event. It was started by me about 6 years ago as a way to get fresh air, exercise, meet people, and have an excuse to go to bed at a reasonable time instead of staying out late. It has grown from the initial 7 people running down to the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign. It has grown in popularity because how much fun it is when cooped up inside all week at a conference.

This is not a serious competition run, but an opportunity for people of all levels walk to run and to get some fresh air outside the resort, see the sunrise, meet awesome people, and get some exercise.  Last year we had well over 150 participants and people there, but this year we are expecting hundreds as there is a sign up on the main AU page for attendees. If the event doesn't let you sign up, please show up anyway as that's perfectly acceptable. The run had another purpose, and that was connecting Autodesk employees and customers, but most AU events and sessions are customer priority for, so Autodesk employees are unable to sign up until November 1st.

There will be two courses one 2.8k and one 5k. The event will have AU staff managing the route. There will also be breakfast bites out there so you will not miss out grabbing something to eat. You can dress up in something fun including fun socks and shirts.

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This year we have a special guest, Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost who said he will participate as long as he can still get to his big main stage where over 10,000 people are counting on him to be.

Join us running, walking or just rooting on the people, please show up at the big Venetian fountain around 5:45am.Spread the word to everyone attending or thinking of attending.
AU5K Start

I can’t wait to see you at AU!
-Shaan