Registration Opens for “Run the World 5K” Scheduled for Sept. 12

Run the World 5KEvent Will Support Study Abroad Scholarships at Kent State

Kent State University will host the inaugural “Run the World 5K”, a run/walk international-themed race, on Saturday, September 12 on the Kent Campus Esplanade. Registration proceeds will support study abroad scholarships so that Kent State University students can better afford the experience of short or long-term study abroad programs.

Registration is open to the public and participants may run, jog, or walk through the beautiful, tree-lined race course along the scenic Kent State University campus Esplanade.  Strollers and pets are welcome. Packet pick-up begins at 7 a.m. and the race begins at 8:30 a.m. The start and finish line will be located in Risman Plaza (in between the Student Center and University Library).

Race Director Ed Butch notes, "This event appeals to both runners and non-runners alike and offers both Kent State and the City of Kent a chance to come together and celebrate our international community and encourage our young scholars to truly get out there and see the world beyond northeast Ohio."

Participants can register online at Registration is $25 and includes a tech t-shirt, a finisher’s medal, and a post-race party with an international flair. Race day registration is available starting at 7:00 a.m. payable by cash or check. Awards will be given to the top female and male runners as well as age group categories.

“Studying abroad is not just about visiting another country; it’s about expanding our students’ ability to think critically about themselves and the world in which they live so that they can become better global citizens,” says James Blank, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Supporting this race means supporting our students to enable them to have the most rewarding and potentially life-changing experiences of their academic career at Kent.”

For questions about the race, or sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact the Race Director, Ed Butch at (330) 672.8976 or

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POSTED: Thursday, April 16, 2015 09:44 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 8, 2022 12:25 PM
Jim Maxwell