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Community runs to benefit THON scheduled for September 29

The fourth annual Penn State Hazleton Community 5K run will be held Sunday, September 29 starting at 10 a.m. at the campus, with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. In addition to the 5K run, there will be a 1-mile Youth Race for participants under the age of 18 at 9:30 a.m. and a 100-yard Cub Run for participants ages four and younger at 9:45 a.m. Proceeds from the race benefit Penn State Hazleton THON.

The race starts and finishes at Penn State Hazleton’s main entrance. The 5K course is a two-loop course all within the campus. The youth race is a 1-mile run all within the Penn State Hazleton campus. A water station will be available on course. For runners’ safety, no strollers, pets, bikes, or roller blades permitted.
Medals will be awarded to the top three runners in various age groups for the 5K and Youth Run. All Cub Run participants will receive an award. All participants will receive a Penn State sport pack.

Registration fees are $25 for the 5K, $17 for the 1-mile Youth Race, and $10 for the Cub Run.  All runners will receive breakfast at the Highacres Café, the campus dining hall, and will be served Penn State Creamery ice cream during the awards ceremony.

THON, short for the Penn State IFC/Pan-Hellenic Dance Marathon, is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. Penn State students spent almost one year fundraising with efforts culminating each February in a 46-hour dance marathon in the Bryce Jordan Center at the University Park campus. THON 2014 will take place on Feb. 21 to 23. All monies raised are donated to the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

To register, download the Community Run entry form. Additional information is available by contacting Rob Gould at robgould@hazletonymcaywca.org or visiting the NEPA Runner web site www.neparunner.com.

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