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Potterfest to include 5K run at Kent State

July 28 race to kick-off festival

Published: March 26, 2017 12:00 AM

The Kent Potterfest planning committee announces the addition of the "Run Like You Stole from Gringotts" 5K Fun Run to the Kent 2017 schedule of events.

This non-competitive 5K Fun Run will take participants on a magical journey through the Kent State University campus at dusk on Friday, July 28, to kick off Kent Potterfest 2017, with the main event scheduled for Saturday, July 29 in downtown Kent. The run will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the Lester Lefton Esplanade and take runners through the Kent State campus.

Participants are encouraged to dress in Potterverse-themed costumes. Themed photo opportunities will be located along the course for selfies and group pictures.

The non-competitive race will not be "chip timed." Runners may have to stop or slow down for moving vehicles at road crossings. The course will be staffed with volunteers to assist with safe crossing.

Registration for the race is $25 and includes a race medal and an event T-shirt. Registration information is available at runsignup.com/Race/OH/Kent/KentPotterFest5k.

Proceeds will benefit Main Street Kent.

The race is sponsored by Marathon Financial Services.

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