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Kent State University Department of Recreational Services Hosts Fourth Annual Black Squirrel 5K

Posted Mar. 31, 2014
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Participants in the annual Black Squirrel 5k Race, named
after Kent State's unofficial mascot, run across the Kent
Campus. This year's race  will take place April 12..

Kent State University’s Department of Recreational Services will host the fourth annual Black Squirrel 5K on Saturday, April 12. The spring race is named after the university’s unofficial mascot. The race starts and ends at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, which offers plenty of parking, indoor registration, restroom and locker room facilities.

“It’s a great race because it kicks off the race season for serious runners, and we have people who just do it for fun,” says Abby Millsaps, marketing coordinator for Recreational Services. “It’s also great because a 5K is a really accessible distance for first-time runners.”

The race is a loop through the Kent Campus, and participants are tracked with a chip timing system. A free buffet and awards ceremony, featuring prizes from local vendors, will take place immediately following the race.

The Black Squirrel 5K has hosted 600-700 participants in the past.

“I think at the heart of it, the Black Squirrel 5K is a community event,” says Millsaps. “You will see Kent State students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Kent community and surrounding communities all coming together for this race.”

Registration is $25 per person now through April 7. Late registration and day-of registration are available for $30 after April 7. The first 600 registered participants will receive a gender-cut performance T-shirt.

Race check in will take place on Friday, April 11, from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Runners may also check-in before the race from 7-7:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Due to insurance limitations, headphones, baby joggers, inline skates and animals are not permitted. Recreational Services reserves the right to refuse any entry.

For more information about the Black Squirrel 5K Race or to register online, visit