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#ForThe Bees, Birds, And Power Forwards: Other THONs Around The World

From Khole Kardashian and John Buccigross to all your hometown friends watching your Snap and Insta stories, it feels like everyone and their mother know about Penn State’s THON. But we shouldn’t let the world’s largest student-run philanthropy take all the glory. Believe it or not, there are plenty of other THONs out there with interesting “causes.”


The annual BaltiMORON-a-thon is an annual event hosted by the Baltimore Running Festival. During this THON, running complete a 5K and a half-marathon on the same day. The so-called “morons” that participate in this event are compete for some high-stake honors. Runner who successful complete the races receive a “special bib,” medals for each race AND a Balti-Moron medal, and TWO complimentary race shirts (TWO!!). For The Morons!

The Delaware Bird-A-THON

Bird-A-THON is the Delmarva Ornithological Society event of the year. It is quite literally the most intense bird-watching bout you will ever experience. After gathering donations from friends and family, participants compete to observe or hear the highest number of different bird species over a 24 hour period. If you’re wondering how many different birds one could possibly see or hear during a 24 hour period in Delware, the answer is a lot.

Thon Maker

Thon Maker is a South Sudanese-Australian forward making a name for himself with the Milwaukee Bucks. In fact, Kevin Garnett predicted Thon to be named an MVP in the near future. Even though his PPG this season is a modest 5.0, Thon has started to see a lot more play time, especially with John Henson dealing with hamstring issues. With a name like Thon Maker, anything is possible. Boundaries? Not in here (“here” being Mikwaukee).


In case you didn’t know, bees are dying at an alarming rate. According to the American Beekeeping Federation, one of the causes of the increase in bee mortality rates is the rising prevalence of the parasitic mite, Varroa destructor (varroa), in bee colonies.

However, Mite-A-Thon hopes to prove that #MitesCannot with their annual event. Instead of the line dance and slides of strength, Mite-A-Thon has information sessions aimed at promoting mite-management strategies for beekeepers, as well as encouraging others to share and pool data about their bee colonies affected by mites.

Did we miss any THONs? Let us know about any other THONs out there in the comments.

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About the Author

Alex Bauer

Alex graduated in Spring 2018 with a degree in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and minors in Finance and Psychology. He was a first generation Penn Stater from Cheshire, Connecticut along with his two sisters. His favorite things are dogs, coffee, and dogs that shoot hot jets of coffee out of their mouths.


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