THON 5K

Join one of the largest 5K races in central Pennsylvania.


The purpose of the THON 5K is to support THON’s yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer. Your 5K registration fee will go directly to benefit Four Diamonds at the Penn State Children’s Hospital, which they will use to help cover 100 percent of the costs of patient care, as well as to fund critical, life-saving research. Weaving through scenic University Park, PA, runners will be cheered on by enthusiastic THON volunteers. By participating in the 18th Annual THON 5K, you will be joining us, and thousands of others, in the fight against childhood cancer! Register below to #RunWithUsFTK in the 18th Annual THON 5K on October 21st!

Virtual THON 5K


Even those who cannot travel to University Park on the weekend of the THON 5K can still take action and #RunWithUsFTK, via our Virtual THON 5K. If you can't make it to Penn State for the local 5K on Sunday, October 21st, you can register below to run your own 5K that weekend, on your own time - any pace, any place. Upon completing your registration, you will be mailed a runner number. Join us in the Virtual 5K as we take the fight against childhood cancer beyond State College and spread hope around the world!

What to Expect


The THON 5K is more than just a race - it is a day full of fun for the entire family. At the THON 5K, you will have the opportunity to interact with Four Diamonds Families, meet other THON volunteers, listen to live music, purchase THON merchandise, enter to win the THON Raffle, hear special guest speakers, partake in fun games, and most importantly, have fun!

How Can I Register for the THON 5K?

Click Here to Register for the THON 5K Fun Run/Walk

Click Here to Register for the Virtual THON 5K

On the day of the race, you can register by visiting the Special Events table by Gate A of the Bryce Jordan Center beginning at 8:00 a.m.


Notes:

Cost: $15 per registrant for the race.

Commonly Asked Questions

What do I wear?

You can wear anything that you feel comfortable running/walking in! The THON 5K is a fun race, so feel free to wear costumes and any funky clothes that you desire to wear. Take into consideration that the 5K is in October, so you may need to dress accordingly. You can even go to the THON store in early August to purchase a THON 5K t-shirt to wear on race day. Most importantly, make sure you wear your smile!

What should I expect?

At the THON 5K, you will have the opportunity to interact with Four Diamonds Families, meet other THON volunteers, listen to live music, purchase new THON merchandise, enter to win the THON Raffle, hear special guest speakers, and most importantly, have fun! The map of the course for the THON 5K can be found at the bottom of this page.

Where will the Four Diamonds Families be?

The Four Diamonds Families will spend time at the Family Tent that is located behind the stage. There will also be many families participating in the race. The 5K is a great opportunity for organizations and volunteers to interact with the families who are directly impacted through THON’s efforts.

Can I credit my organization?

Yes, upon registration you will have the ability to select a student organization to credit from a drop down menu. This also includes the ability to credit an independent dancer couple, provided they are already properly registered.

What time does the race start?

The Kids Race starts at 11:00 a.m. and the Fun Run/Walk starts at 11:30 a.m.

What time does registration start?

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Gate A of the Bryce Jordan Center on the day of the race and will end at 10:30 a.m.

What time does day-of Runner Number Distribution start?

Day-of Runner Number Distribution begins at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 10:30 a.m.

Will there be food provided?

There will be food provided to all Four Diamonds Families and runners as part of their registration.

What time is the family speaker?

The family speaker is at 10:15 a.m. on the stage.

Who should I contact with questions?

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the THON 5K Captains, Bridget Horan and Kassidy McCullough at thon.5k@thon.org or the Special Events Director, Zachary Ceneviva at special.events@thon.org.