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THON FT5K Brings Hope to Every Stride

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The first big event of the THON season kicked off on Saturday with the annual FT5K. The 5K began with a multitude of festivities before the race began, including the always inspiring Kid’s Race.

Four Diamonds kids were out in their favorite costumes, and you could see all kinds of characters running, from Power Rangers to a mini Mr. Potato Head.

After the Kid’s race, the Tuckeys spoke about their daughter Bekah’s decision to cut her hair to support her classmate’s recent diagnosis. The Bernard family also spoke about their daughter Katelyn and her battle with cancer, which began more than two years ago.

The event was kicked off by performances from the Lionettes and RAM Squad before the runners began the race at 11:30 a.m. Seventeen minutes and 14 seconds later, the first runner crossed the finish line, followed by thousands of other runners and walkers. It was a cold, windy day, but that certainly did not manage to dampen anyone’s FTK spirit.

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Mara Kern

Mara is a senior majoring in public relations with a minor in business. She is from Cranberry Twp., PA and enjoys blogging, cats, tweeting, and not wanting to graduate.


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