Zombie 5K benefiting THON to be held Oct. 27 at Penn State Wilkes-Barre

LEHMAN, Pa. — Penn State Wilkes-Barre will be holding its annual Zombie 5K run/walk benefiting THON on Saturday, Oct. 27.

THON — the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon — 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 $127 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital since 1977. THON 2019 will take place Feb. 15-17, 2019, at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.

In anticipation of THON 2019, Penn State Wilkes-Barre students are inviting the local community to celebrate both the THON and Halloween spirit. The Zombie 5K will start at 10 a.m. on the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus, with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

“When you think fall, you think football, leaves, and if you are a runner, race season!” explains Student Activities Coordinator Jackie Warnick-Piatt. “The annual Zombie 5K is meant to be both fun and scary, with the ultimate goal of supporting the Four Diamonds fund.”

Participants have the option to pre-register for $20, which includes a t-shirt. Registration on the day of the event is $25 and does not include a t-shirt; registrations must be received by Oct. 17 to guarantee a Zombie 5K t-shirt.

The course is both runner- and walker-friendly and does not have a time restriction.

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 for the event, visit www.wb.psu.edu/zombie5k. For sponsorship opportunities or more information, contact Warnick-Piatt at 570-675-9284 or [email protected].