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Participate in the Run the World 5K on Sept. 9: Special Offer for Kent State Employees

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On Saturday, Sept. 9, the third annual Run the World 5K will take place on the Kent Campus. This race will inaugurate the Run the World Race Series, which includes a second race at Kent State University at Stark on April 14, 2018.

Kent State University is considered a leader in global education. With more than 200 international programs, anchored by our flagship center in Florence, Italy, students have the world at their fingertips. The Run the World project is a special, global-themed race series designed to support education-abroad scholarships for each and every Kent State student, regardless of their major. In just two short years, the Run the World project has been able to award more than $22,000 in scholarships.

Special Offer for Kent State Employees 

  • Show your support for Kent State students by signing up for either the Run the World 5K at the Kent Campus or the Run the World Race Series (Kent and Stark races). Registration for the Kent race includes a T-shirt, drawstring bag, a finisher's medal and fun finisher events. Registration for the series includes each of these items at both the Kent and Stark races, plus a third series T-shirt and finisher's medal. The cost for registration is currently $30 for the Kent race and $55 for the series. Register now before the prices increase on July 31, and use your special discount code for Kent State employees. 

Discount codes:
Kent ($5 off): EmployeeKent 
Series ($10 off): EmployeeSeries

  • In addition to the employee discount codes, the Employee Wellness team will enter the names of all employees who complete the walk/run into a drawing for a free Garmin VivoFit or $50 gift certificate. Multiple prizes will be awarded. 
  • And, do not forget, both the Kent and Stark races are eligible for 10 "Move for a Cause" Wellness Your Way Points, per race, for full-time, benefits-eligible faculty and staff. Take advantage of these great discounts and register today at

Additional Perks for Race Participants

The university's Kent Campus race and the city of Kent's International Festival both take place on Sept. 9.

The International Festival will feature food, culture and traditions from more than a dozen countries around the world. Race participants are encouraged to visit the festival following the Run the World 5K, where a variety of businesses in downtown Kent will create displays, feature foods and beverage, and host entertainment at Dan Smith Park from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Race participants will have International Festival "passports" included in their race packets. During the International Festival, participating businesses will provide "passport holders" a stamp. Once participants have received five stamps, they will be given a free glass. Community or nonrace participants also can purchase a Kent International Festival passport for $5. Passports and souvenir glasses will be available for pick up at the "CUSTOMS" booth located at Dan Smith Park (between Bar 145 and Bricco). 

After the International Festival ends at 5 p.m., participating businesses will continue to offer discounts as a part of the "Race Day Re-Fuel." Race participants simply show their medal and/or International Festival passport to receive their discount.

The Run/Walk the World 5K is a great opportunity to get some movement in your day and support Kent State students. Feel free to invite family, friends or co-workers to this worthwhile event. Strollers and dogs also are welcome. For additional race details, visit Run the World 5K

Stop by the Employee Wellness table at the race.