11th annual Dr. Jane A. Williams Memorial 5K run / 1 mile walk set for Oct. 8

View of runners on a road during a race
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SHARON, Pa.— Penn State Shenango will hold its 11th annual Dr. Jane A. Williams Memorial 5K run / 1 mile walk on Saturday, Oct. 8.

The event is in honor of Williams, who was employed at the Shenango campus for 25 years before passing away after a brief illness.  

Day-of registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Shenango campus located in downtown Sharon, Pennsylvania; online pre-registration is currently also available.

Since 2012, more than $146,000 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, and to introduce a new route that takes the participants comfortably into downtown’s Riverside Park!” said Development Director Frank Gargiulo. “The race draws walkers and runners of all ages, so it's a very family friendly atmosphere. The best part is that all the proceeds support the student scholarship named after Jane. Her husband, Don, also known as 'Fats,' has been tireless in his efforts to promote this event.” 

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 for the most spirited outfits.

Registration forms are available online, or by calling 724-983-2907. 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 on race day.

Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group and the top overall man and woman. For more information, contact the Development Office at 724-983-2907.