16th Annual THON 5K is Swiftly Approaching

This Sunday, October 16th, the 16th annual THON 5K will be held, beginning at the Bryce Jordan Center. The 5K raises awareness for the fight against childhood cancer, and the proceeds go to THON‘s financial total, ultimately supporting Four Diamonds.  The youngsters start the morning off at 10:30am, and adults participate in the Fun Run/Competitive Race at 11:30am.  For competitive runners, visit the HUB by Friday to pick up runner numbers and chips (for chip timing).

If running is not your forte, there’s good news! Participants are not required to run.  If you’re lacking THON gear, it’s all good! Merchandise will be sold at the 5K.  If you’re worried that your stomach will be rumbling, have no fear!  Complementary lunch and water will be available to all participants.  And, if you’re looking for some extra fun in your 5K, look no further!  Local entertainment groups will be doing what they do best: entertaining!

This year, THON has added the Steps Taken Towards a Cure Pledge to involve friends and family who cannot participate.  Runners can nominate up to five people who pledge to donate a penny for every step their sponsored runner takes!

And if you want to run in the 5K, but will not be present in State College on Sunday morning, don’t sweat it.  The second annual Virtual THON 5K is an equally awesome alternative to the local 5K!  Gather family, friends, coworkers, and anyone who may be interested in THON and run a 5K for the kids anywhere nationwide at any time during the weekend of October 14th-16th.  Runner numbers and shirts will be sent in the mail.

Don’t forget to post all THON 5K related pictures and videos with the hashtag #RunWithUsFTK on your social media platform of choice to share your memories with the entire THON community.

Do it for the kids!

THON 5K Registration: https://store.thon.org/5k

Virtual 5K Registration: https://store.thon.org/Virtual5K

For more information, check out: http://www.thon.org/About/Events/THON5K

Photo credits: Thon.org