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THON 5k Celebrates 15 Years With Inaugural Virtual 5k

THON enthusiasts who don’t live in the State College area now have the opportunity to partake in the fun of the THON 5k and join the battle against childhood cancer by participating in the virtual THON 5k. In honor of its fifteenth year, the THON 5k is now offering a new virtual 5k for participants to join in the race from anywhere in the country if they can’t be in Happy Valley on Nov. 7.

The concept of a virtual 5k may seem strange (how do I run on my computer?), but all registered participants have to do is run or walk 3.1 miles anywhere in their community.

Starting Nov. 6 and running through Nov. 8, virtual THON 5k participants are encouraged to register online and run their own 5k (or one with family and friends) to help raise awareness for pediatric cancer and inspire others to partake as well. By using #RunWithUs, participants can share their 5k stories and experiences across all social media platforms and join in the fight.

Upon registration, participants will receive a complimentary runner’s number and certificate in the mail for proof of participation. Runners can opt to receive a THON 5k shirt when they register, with the registration fee being $25 with a shirt and $15 without. All proceeds from the THON 5k go directly to the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State’s Hershey Children’s Hospital.

Runners, walkers, and anyone in between can register for the Virtual THON 5k here, or register for the regular THON 5k here.

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Drew Klingenberg

As well as being a staff writer for Onward State, Drew is a self-proclaimed Pittsburgh expert and traveling enthusiast. When he is not hiking some strange yet secluded area of the United States, you can see him either standing entirely too long in the State College Chipotle line, or at the gym acting like he's doing something productive. If you appreciate sub-par humor or overly-saturated photography, follow him on Twitter and Instagram (@dmklingenberg). For inquiries please email Drew at [email protected]

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