Fall Special Events and Races | RECREATIONAL SERVICES | Kent State University

Fall Special Events and Races


The Department of Recreational Services offers two annual races. The Bowman Cup 5K Race is a signature Homecoming event. The date varies each year based on the Homecoming game. The Black Squirrel 5k Race is held each April. The race kicks off running season in Northeast Ohio and features a beautiful (but hilly!) course through Kent State University's campus.


Fundraising Events

WERQ Your Boo-ty Dance Fundraiser 

Come dressed up and ready to WERQ for this FREE two hour Halloween-themed  dance fitness fundraiser!  Join the SRWC WERQ, ReFit and Zumba instrctors to learn how to dance to Michael Jackson's  Thriller and other spooky classics.  All proceeds benefit Akron Children's Hospital.

  • Date: Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Special Fitness Events

Lights, Karaoke, Spin!

Put those vocals to the test.  Join us for a fun, free Spin class where you can lip sync or sing your heart out while pedaling to your favorite songs.  Pre-registration is required.

  • Thursdays 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Dates: Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 6

Click here to register

Silver Sneaker Halloween Party
Put on your best costume and get ready to mingle for this free Halloween-themed annual event.  Open to all Silver Sneakers and Optum members, this potluck style party is filled with great food, music, entertainment and friends.

  • Date: Friday, Oct. 26, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Community Events

The Department of Recreational Services loves working with and supporting our vibrant community. Each year we host or sponsor a number of events free to the public. Past events include grand openings, open houses and anniversary celebrations. Most community events require each adult to provide a valid photo ID.

Climbing Partner Mixer
This is will act as a meet-and-greet to create community and find climbing partners! It will include a FREE Try and Climb and other fun games.

  • Date: Friday, Sept. 7, 4 - 8 p.m.

Halloween Free Try and Climb Night
Any patron that wears a "climbing approved" costume (see SRWC and Climbing wall dress code) gets a free climb.

  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 4 - 10 p.m.

Holiday Sweater Free Try Climb Night 
Take a break and enjoy some holiday spirit before finals! Any patron who is wearing a "climbing approved" holiday sweater or outfit (see SRWC Climbing wall dress code) gets a FREE Try Climb pass.

  • Date: Thursday, Dec. 6, 4 - 10 p.m.

Thanksgiving Benefit Night 
On this night, anyone who brings 5 or more canned food items to the wall will be given a free Try Climb pass. (Limit one pass per person)

  • Date: Friday, Nov. 16, 4 - 8 p.m.

Student Late Night Events

The Department of Recreational Services hosts student late night events throughout the academic year. These events are always free and a ton of fun! Student late night events are exclusive for Kent State University students and require a valid Flashcard for entry. Past events include Dive In Movies, Murder Mystery Dinners, Reimagined Game Shows and a Zombie Apocalypse!