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

Black Squirrel 5k Race

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2016 Results

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the 6th Annual Black Squirrel 5K Race! The snow, sleet and ice were no match for the 250+ runners who braved the elements to complete our annual spring 5K. Check out the results from this year's event:

2016 BS5K Race Results- Overall

2016 BS5K Race Results- Age

2016 BS5K Race Results- Male and Female

About the Race

Please join us for our sixth annual spring race on Saturday, April 9, 2016. 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.

Check In: Due to insurance limitations, headphones, baby joggers, inline skates, animals, etc. are not permitted. Recreational Services reserves the right to refuse any entry. Race check-in will take place on Friday, April 8 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.

View our Facebook event page and Twitter page for more information and race updates.


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. 

  • 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

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+