How to Participate in a Penn State THON Fundraiser — Without Leaving Philly

Run your way to a cure for childhood cancer.

Photo Courtesy: THON

Photo courtesy of THON

You’ve probably heard of Penn State’s THON, a 46-hour dance-your-pants-off fundraiser that happens once a year and benefits childhood cancer research and treatment. Dancing for 46-hours (non-stop) is a great way to work up a sweat and stack up those donation dollars, but unfortunately THON is still more than 100 days away. (And FYI, you wouldn’t want to see me dance for 10 seconds, let alone 46 hours — trust me.) If dancing isn’t your thing and/or you’re itching to help right now (and still want to work up that sweat), keep reading.

Swap out your dancing shoes for running shoes because on Saturday, November 7th, THON will be hosting its 15th annual 5K race. If you’re willing to make the trek out to State College (Yes, kids with cancer are totally worth the drive.), the race will take place at the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park and is open to everyone. It begins at 11:30 a.m., with festivities running all day long, including music, food, and even a Kids Fun Run.

If you can’t make it to Penn State, don’t stress it. This year you can join the fun through THON’s first-ever virtual 5K. Grab your running buddies and register online to run anytime from November 6th to the 8th without even leaving your neighborhood. And for you Twitter-junkies, don’t forget to join the conversation using the hash tag #RunWithUs.

As always, all proceeds from registration will go to the Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. For more information and to register check out THON’s website, here.

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