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Club Cross Country To Host Fourth Annual ‘Miles For Smiles’ THON Fundraiser

Penn State Club Cross Country will put its love of logging miles to good use this weekend as it hosts the fourth annual “Miles For Smiles” THON fundraiser. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 26 and goes until until 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 28.

The 46-hour treadmill marathon consists of runners switching on and off a treadmill in half hour or hour-long shifts. The club’s THON chairs created the event as a way to combine their love of running and raising money for THON. The event was evenfeatured in Runner’s World magazine after it raised $4,000 in its first year. Last year, the club members ran 386.65 miles and raised $15,692.75.

Participation in the event is limited to members of the Club Cross Country team, but the public will be allowed to watch and participate in other activities from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Each hour will have a different theme.

This year, the event is moving out of a small campus apartment where it was held for the past three years and into the West Commons study lounge. The club will move two treadmills in for the weekend.

The event will be live streamed during certain hours on the club’s Facebook page.

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Janelle Rothacker

Currently a senior studying Kinesiology, Janelle is proud to call upstate NY (the real part, not the 30 minutes north of the city part) home. She's an avid runner and enjoys everything and anything sports. She also has a love of pancakes, avoids the HUB like the plague during the in between classes rush, and can quote the majority of Friends episodes from memory. If you want to hear all the embarrassing things she does daily, or want to contact her, follow her on twitter at @janellerothack or email her at janelle@onwardstate.com.

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