150 runners brave rain, cold during 4th Annual Race into Finals 5K Run/Walk

More than 150 runners and walkers registered to participated in Kent State University College of Nursing’s 4th Annual Race into Finals 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run this past Saturday. Spirits were high in spite of the morning’s chilly temperature and cold rain. The event began at 9 a.m. The course provided racers with a scenic, albeit wet, tour of Kent State University campus.

The top three male finishers in the 5K were Zach Morris, of Salem (17:54); Eric Asp, of Kent (19:59); and Noah Gurney, of Cuyahoga Falls (20:06). In the women’s’ category, Kelli Janus, of Ravenna (22:16); Holly Brown, of Xenia, OH (22:17); and Jammie Rhoads, of Kent (23:27), led the way.

“This year’s event was a major success,” said race director Jennifer Shanholtzer, MSN, RNc. “We raised $3,000 for the College of Nursing Student Emergency Fund which provides assistance to Kent State nursing students during times of unexpected and dire financial need.”

A full listing of the 2017 Race into Finals 5K run/walk results can be viewed here

The 2017 5K was made possible through the support of many gracious donors and benefactors. Top sponsors included LEGEND and MDF Instruments. Other donors included Udderly Smooth; the National Student Nurses’ Association, Kent State University, Twinsburg campus; LA Fitness in Cuyahoga Falls; UniversiTees in Kent; Vertical Runner in Hudson; and Sigma Thea Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Delta Xi Chapter. 

About Kent State University’s College of Nursing

In existence for 50 years, the College of Nursing at Kent State University is one of the largest and most comprehensive nursing programs in the nation with more than 12,000 alumni worldwide. As part of Kent State’s eight-campus system, the college provides more than 2,000 nursing students courses of study at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. To learn more about nursing programs at Kent State, please visit www.kent.edu/nursing

Photo Copy: The 2017 Race into Finals men’s and women’s top finishers pose with their medals outside Henderson Hall. From left: Kellie Janus, Jammie Rhoads, Zach Morris, Eric Asp, and Noah Gurney. 

POSTED: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 10:57am
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 1:55pm
Mariah Gibbons