Main Street Kent Partners with Kent State’s Run the World Race Series for Kent International Festival

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On Saturday, Sept. 9, the Run the World 5K will take place at Kent State University. The race is a fundraiser for the Run the World Fund, which provides scholarships for education-abroad programs through the university. In collaboration with Main Street Kent, an International Festival will take place in downtown Kent after the third annual Run the World 5K race.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., live multicultural performances will be featured at the Dan Smith Community Park, including Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese dancers and more. Many downtown businesses will participate in a Passport Excursion, offering activities and food and beverage samples from the countries they choose to represent during the event. Many also will feature information about the various education-abroad programs available at Kent State. Passports will be available for purchase for $5 at “Customs” in the Dan Smith Community Park that day; race participants will receive complimentary passports in their race day packets. Passport Excursion participants will receive a stamp for each passport destination visited. The first 200 passport holders to return to “Customs” with their completed passports will receive a commemorative Kent International Festival glass. For up-to-date event details, visit

“It’s a great opportunity to celebrate our cultural diversity in Kent, and our incredible study abroad programs available through Kent State University,” says Heather Malarcik, executive director for Main Street Kent. “This event does not involve road closures or outside vendors, rather it is an experience for our community to enjoy at our downtown businesses and the Dan Smith Community Park on a Saturday afternoon.”

The Run the World project began in 2015 as a single 5K scholarship fundraiser with a simple mission: raise money for education-abroad scholarships for Kent State students, regardless of their major. In just two short years, the Run the World project has grown tremendously with more than 500 participants for the Run the World 5K in 2016, and the addition of two more races at Kent State University at Stark and Kent State’s Florence Center in Italy. The Run the World Fund has awarded more than $22,000 in scholarships for students to study abroad. The Run the World project is a collaborative effort of colleges, Regional Campus and the Office of Global Education at Kent State. 

Main Street Kent is a nonprofit organization focused on the revitalization of downtown Kent. It is an affiliate of the national Main Street program and the Heritage Ohio program.

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