Spooktacular event benefiting THON announced

LEHMAN, Pa. — Join Penn State Wilkes-Barre the weekend before Halloween as the campus hosts a spooktacular event benefiting THON.

The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, 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 $147 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital since 1977. THON 2018 will take place Feb. 16-18, 2018, at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.

In anticipation of THON 2018, Penn State Wilkes-Barre students are inviting the local community to celebrate both THON and the Halloween spirit. The fourth annual Zombie 5K will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, on the Wilkes-Barre campus. Registration starts 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. “This is the fourth year for this event, which is meant to be both fun and scary. All proceeds go to support Four Diamonds at the Hershey Medical Center, supporting pediatric cancer research.”

Participants will have the choice to pre-register for $25, which includes a free T-shirt, or register the day of the event for $25, with Zombie 5K T-shirts available for an additional $10 fee. 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.

Participants under age 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.