Bowman Cup 5k Race | Recreational Services | Kent State University

Bowman Cup 5k Race

SAVE THE DATE: The 14th Annual Bowman Cup 5k is Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 at 8 a.m.

Homecoming bannerAbout the Race

Join us for the 14th Annual Bowman Cup 5k Race on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. The race, named after fedora-loving former Kent State University President Dr. George Bowman, will begin at 8 a.m.

Participants are welcome to enjoy other Homecoming activities throughout the day, including the Homecoming Parade, Alumni Hospitality Tent and the Homecoming Football game against Army.

NEW! Bowman Cup Virtual Race

New this year is the inaugural Bowman Cup Virtual Race. Open to everyone, the virtual race allows runners to participate in the Bowman Cup from anywhere in the world. Virtual runners are expected to run a 5k at 8 a.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

Individuals interested in the Bowman Cup Virtual Race must register by Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. Participants will receive their virtual runner packet the week of the race, featuring their official Bowman Cup performance T-shirt, a Bowman Cup travel cup and other goodies. Virtual race participants will not qualify for placement awards or door prizes.

Virtual racers can join in the fun on social media by using the #BowmanCup hashtag and submitting their pictures online. All virtual runners will be represented on a map of the world, displayed in the lobby of the SRWC.

If you have questions regarding race details, please contact Abby Millsaps at

About the Course

The chip-timed race begins and ends in front of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC). The state-of-the-art facility offers free parking for the event, indoor registration, restrooms and locker rooms.

This USATF certified course through Kent's residential area follows the Portage Hike and Bike Trail, letting participants enjoy its scenic route through Kent State University's surrounding community. You can visit our website to download a course map or take a video tour of the course.

  • Chip timing system
  • Performance T-shirts (men's and women's styles) for the first 600 participants
  • Delicious free buffet for all in attendance
  • Door prizes with gifts from all your favorite local vendors
  • Reserved seating for the Homecoming parade

Overall Winners

Overall winners (male and female) will receive cash prizes, a gift certificate to Second Sole, a fedora hat and a signature Bowman cup.

  • First: $100
  • Second: $75
  • Third: $50

Category Winners

Category winners (male and female) will receive a fedora hat and a signature Bowman cup. First, second and third place awards will be given for the following categories:

  • Student
  • Employee
  • Alumni
  • Community

Age Group Winners

Age group winners (male and female) will receive a signature Bowman cup. First, second and third place awards will be given for the following categories:

  • Under 10
  • 10 - 14
  • 15 - 19
  • 20 - 24
  • 25 - 29
  • 30 - 34
  • 35 - 39
  • 40 - 44
  • 45 - 49
  • 50 - 54
  • 55 - 59
  • 60 - 64
  • 65 - 69
  • 70 - 74
  • 75 - 79
  • 80+
Registration and Check-In

Due to insurance limitations, headphones, baby joggers, inline skates, animals, etc. are not permitted. Recreational Services reserves the right to refuse any entry.

Early race check-in will take place on Friday, Oct. 17 at the SRWC from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Early race check-in is available for all participants who registered BEFORE Tuesday, Oct. 14. Anyone registered after this date will need to check in the morning of the race.

Runners may also check-in before the race from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. in the lobby of the SRWC.

Cancellation policy: Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to another person, event or year. The Bowman Cup will be held rain or shine.