Zombie 5K benefiting THON set for Oct. 29 at Penn State Wilkes-Barre

LEHMAN, Pa. — Penn State Wilkes-Barre will hold the third annual Zombie 5K run/walk benefiting THON on Saturday, Oct. 29.

The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON, is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. A yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer, THON has raised more than $137 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital since 1977. THON 2017 will take place Feb. 17-19 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

In anticipation of THON 2017, Penn State Wilkes-Barre students are inviting the local community to celebrate both the THON and Halloween spirit. The Zombie 5K will begin at 10 a.m. on the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus with registration beginning at 9 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,” said Jackie Warnick-Piatt, student activities coordinator. “The event is meant to be both fun and scary, and of course supporting kids with cancer and the Four Diamonds at the Hershey Medical Center, supporting pediatric cancer research.”

Participants will have the choice to preregister at a fee of $10 or register the day of the event for $15. True to the event's name, participants 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. Zombie 5K T-shirts are available at an additional $10 fee. Please note: Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire duration of the Zombie 5K. For more information and to register, visit wb.psu.edu/zombie5K.