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Main Street Kent Announces Kent Potterfest 5K Fun Run

Main Street Kent

The Kent Potterfest planning committee is excited to announce the addition of the “Run Like You Stole From Gringotts” 5K Fun Run to the 2017 schedule of events.

The race is generously sponsored by Marathon Financial Services, proud supporter of Main Street Kent. This noncompetitive 5K Fun Run will take participants on a magical journey through the Kent State University campus at dusk on Friday, July 28, to kick off Kent Potterfest 2017, with the main event scheduled for Saturday, July 29, in downtown Kent.

The second annual Kent Potterfest is an opportunity for fans of all ages to come together and celebrate everything Harry Potter. Activities will include costume contests, magic shows, vendors, photo booths and more. Acorn Alley will transform into Diagon Alley for the day, and local businesses will offer crafts, activities and treats in the spirit of the event.

The 5K will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the Lefton Esplanade and take runners on a spellbinding loop though some of Kent State's most magnificent places. Participants are highly encouraged to dress in Potterverse-themed costumes for this event. Adding to the fun, themed photo opportunities will be located along the course for selfies and group pictures.

Registration for the race is $25 and includes a race medal and an event T-shirt. Registration information is available here. Proceeds will benefit Main Street Kent.

The noncompetitive race will not be “chip timed.” Runners may have to stop or slow down for moving vehicles at road crossings. The course will be staffed with volunteers to assist with safe crossing.

Event updates can be found on the Main Street Kent Facebook page here and website here as the event approaches. For more information, please contact Executive Director Heather Malarcik of Main Street Kent at 330-677-8000 or 5K Director Alyssa Mazey at