Zombie 5K Benefitting THON To Be Held

On Saturday, October 25th, Penn State Wilkes-Barre will be holding the first annual Zombie 5K run/walk benefiting THON. 

The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON, is the largest student run philanthropy in the world. THON, a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer, has raised more than $114 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital since 1977.  THON 2015 will take place from February 20th - 22nd, 2015 at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center.

In anticipation of THON 2015, Penn State Wilkes-Barre students are inviting the local community to celebrate both the THON and Halloween spirit. The Zombie 5K will begin at 11 a.m. on the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus with registration beginning at 10 a.m. 

"With so many campus and community members participating in walking and running for exercise, we thought this Zombie 5K would be a great event to bring both campus and community members together for a good cause," explains Student Activities Coordinator, Jackie Warnick-Piatt. "The event is meant to be both fun and scary, and of course supporting Kids with Cancer and The Four Diamonds Fund at the Hershey Medical Center, supporting Pediatric Cancer Research."

Participants will have the choice to dress as a Zombie ($25 registration fee) or Human ($30 registration fee) but all will be followed throughout the course by "The Running Dead." The course is both runner and walker friendly and does not have a time restriction. Registrations received by October 15th will be guaranteed a Zombie 5K t-shirt. Please note: Participants under 18 must be accompanies by a parent or guardian for the entire duration of the Zombie 5K. For more information and to register, visit wb.psu.edu/zombie5k.