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.
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.
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!