Runners approaching the finish line at the Black Squirrel 5K Race

Black Squirrel 5K Race

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7th Annual Black Squirrel 5K Race 

Save the Date! Saturday, April 8, 2017
Registration opens Dec. 1, 2016.

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ABOUT THE RACE

Please join us for our seventh annual spring race on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The race, named after Kent State University's unofficial mascot, will be held at 8 a.m. The course is a loop course beginning and ending near the entrance to the Student Recreation and Wellness Center on the Kent State University Campus. The course takes runners through the campus via the Esplanade and Portage Bike and Hike Trail. A few small hills add to the runners' experience and participants should be on the lookout for the infamous black squirrels. An awards ceremony will be held immediately after the race and participants are invited inside the Student Recreation and Wellness Center for a variety of food and beverage items. 
*Due to insurance limitations, headphones, baby joggers, inline skates, animals, etc. are not permitted. Recreational Services reserves the right to refuse any entry. 

AMENITIES

  • Chip timing system
  • Gender specific T-shirts guaranteed for all registered by March 24, 2017
  • Free buffet for participants
  • Raffle prizes with gifts from local vendors

AWARDS

OVERALL WINNERS

Cash prizes for overall male and female winners are awarded to: 

  • First: $100
  • Second: $75
  • Third: $50

AGE GROUP WINNERS

First, second and third place male and female winners in the following age groups will receive medals:

  • 6 - 9
  • 10 - 14
  • 15 - 19
  • 20 - 24
  • 25 - 29
  • 30 - 34
  • 35 - 39
  • 40 - 44
  • 45 - 49
  • 50 - 54
  • 55 - 59
  • 60 - 64
  • 65 - 69
  • 70 - 74
  • 75 - 79
  • 80+

REGISTRATION AND CHECK-IN

Registration opens Dec. 1, 2016

Race check-in will take place on Friday, April 7 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC). 
Runners may also check-in before the race from 7 - 7:30 a.m. in the lobby of the SRWC. 
Cancellation Policy: Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to another person, event or year. The Black Squirrel 5K Race will be held rain or shine.

 

If you have questions regarding race details, please contact Greg Bailey at gbailey@kent.edu.

Registration

Registration is $25 a person and is available online via the Eventbrite registration page. Participants may also register in person at the SRWC. Early bird registration is open through Jan. 31 for $20 per person. A late registration fee of $30 per person will be assessed after April 4, 2016.

About the Course

The race begins in front of the SRWC and ends across the street from the SRWC. The state-of-the-art facility offers plenty of parking, indoor registration, restrooms and locker room facilities. The race is a loop course through the Kent State University campus and is tracked with a chip timing system. 

Amenities
  • Chip timing system
  • Unisex performance T-shirts guaranteed for all registered by March 25, 2016
  • Free breakfast snacks, fruit, bagels, coffee, juice and water
  • Raffle prizes with gifts from local vendors
Awards

Overall Winners

Male and female winners will receive cash prizes.

  • First: $100
  • Second: $75
  • Third: $50

Age Group Winners

Age group winners (male and female) will receive medals. First, second and third place awards will be given for the following categories:

  • 6 - 9
  • 10 - 14
  • 15 - 19
  • 20 - 24
  • 25 - 29
  • 30 - 34
  • 35 - 39
  • 40 - 44
  • 45 - 49
  • 50 - 54
  • 55 - 59
  • 60 - 64
  • 65 - 69
  • 70 - 74
  • 75 - 79
  • 80+