2022 10th Annual Black Squirrel 5K Walk/Run & 1-Mile Walk/Run

2022 10th Annual Black Squirrel 5K Walk/Run & 1-Mile Walk/Run

Saturday, April 9, 2022

  • 8 a.m. 1-mile start

  • 8:30 a.m. 5K start

Register online

Please join us for our annual spring race which will take place on Saturday, Apr. 9, 2022. The race, named after Kent State University's unofficial mascot, will be available for anyone to participate. The traditional 5k course is a loop course which begins and ends near the entrance to the Beverly J. Warren Student Recreation and Wellness Center on the campus of Kent State University. The course will be marked if you are in Kent and would like to run the actual course. The course takes you through the campus via the Esplanade and along the Portage Bike and Hike Trail. A few small hills adds to the experience but be on the lookout for the infamous black squirrels! 

On race day, post your photo or video on your social media account and tag us at #KSU2022BlackSquirrel. 

T-shirts and race bibs will be available for pick-up at the Beverly J. Warren Student Recreation & Wellness Center as follows:

  • Friday, Apr. 8 from 4 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Apr. 9 starting at 7 a.m.

New for 2022!

  • 1-mile race option
  • Team Competition (see information below)

5k Race Course

Donations

We are accepting donations to provide additional support to our club sports program and the students involved in the club sports program. The students work very hard at practice, competition, fundraising, club management and volunteer their time with the Black Squirrel Race. Additional resources will help these student achieve their competition goals without placing such a financial burden on the students who are not scholarship athletes and receive minimal university funding.

Race Registration Fees
  • Saturday, Jan. 1 - Sunday, Mar. 20 (T-shirt included)

    • 5k: $25 

    • 1-mile: $15

  • Monday, Mar. 21 - Saturday, Apr. 9 (T-shirt not included)

    • 5k: $20

    • 1-mile: $10

  • Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to another person, event or year. The 2022 Black Squirrel Walk/Run will be held rain or shine.
    Recreational Services reserves the right to refuse any entry.

Team Competition

The team competition is available in the following classifications which each have the following divisions.  You can register or join a team during the online registration process with RunSignup - see instructions below.

Classifications

  • Student
  • Faculty/Staff
  • Community

Divisions

  • Male - minimum of 3 participants per team
  • Female - minimum of 3 participants per team
  • Co-ed - minimum of 3 participants per team (minimum of 1 male participant and 1 female participant)

Scoring Rules

  • Top 3 finishers from each team will be scored. 
  • Time of each scoring member will be added together to team total time.
  • For co-ed teams, must have one male and one female scoring member.

Creating a New Team

  • During online registration, check Yes for the question "Would you like to create or join a team" and continue.
  • Select Create New Team
  • Select Team Type
  • Put in Team Name
  • Click Set Password and type in password
  • Continue with registration process

Joining a  Team

  • During online registration, check Yes for the question "Would you like to create or join a team" and continue.
  • Select Join an Existing Team
  • Select Team from dropdown list
  • Type in password
  • Continue with registration process