Co-founded in 2015 by Kristin Stasiowski and Ed Butch, Run the World began as a single 5K scholarship fundraiser, with a simple mission: raise money for education abroad scholarships for Kent State students, regardless of their major. 

In just two short years, Run The World had grown tremendously with over 500 participants for the Run The World 5K in 2016 and the addition of two more races at the Stark Campus and Kent State’s Florence Center in Italy. The Run The World Scholarship Fund has been able to award over $50,000 in scholarships for students to study abroad. 

In September 2019, Run the World celebrated its 5th Anniversary with its well known marathon-worthy swag:  a 5" finisher medal and long sleeve 1/4 zip for all participants.  Though 2020 will look different, the Run the World team is excited to host its 6th anniversary race virtually.  Registration will open on November 1, 2020 and runners will be asked to complete their 5K between November 24 - December 24, 2020.  So if you already have a turkey trot planned with family and friends, going for a running streak between the holidays, or just want to support Kent State students, Run the World is the way to do so!