7th annual Jane Williams Memorial 5K run/1.5 mile walk slated for Oct. 6

SHARON, Pa. — Penn State Shenango will hold its seventh annual Dr. Jane A. Williams Memorial 5K run/1.5 mile walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Shenango campus in downtown Sharon. The event is in honor of Williams, who was employed at the Shenango campus for 25 years before passing away after a brief illness.

Since 2012, more than $70,000 has been raised from this event. All proceeds benefit the Dr. Jane A. Williams Memorial Trustee Scholarship, which provides awards to Shenango campus students.

"We are excited to once again host this race at the campus and invite any and all to participate,” said Director of Student Affairs Jammie Clark. “The race draws a large number of walkers and runners, which range in age from 5 all the way up to 76, so it's a very family friendly atmosphere. The best part is that all the proceeds support the student scholarship named after Jane, who was always willing to listen to or help the students. She would have been very humbled but happy to see our students receive financial support in her memory.”

The Shenango campus will continue its 5K theme of “Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions” in honor of Williams. Participants are encouraged to sport their favorite Ohio State or Penn State gear — special prizes will be awarded.

Registration forms are available in the Student Affairs Office, Sharon Hall Room 103, or by calling 724-983-2836. Runners/walkers can register from now until 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event. The cost is $20 for runners and $15 for walkers.

Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group and top overall man and woman. For more information, contact the Student Affairs Office at 724-983-2836.