Runners and fast walkers can speed into the New Year on a certified, mostly flat, wheel-measured course around the streets of Penn State Campus in one of the most popular events of First Night State College. The 5K Resolution Run starts and finishes on College Avenue. Even if you aren’t a runner (or fast walker) and would never run (or walk fast) in a million years, you can join in the fun by cheering on the participants.
Penn State men’s hockey coach Guy Gadowsky will serve as the official race starter. Gadowsky has been Penn State’s coach since 2011, and was the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2104-2105. Prior to joining the staff at Penn State, he coached at Princeton and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Gadowsky played collegiate hockey at Colorado College and then played professionally, including a stint on the Canadian National Team.
The run uses chip timing provided by Runners High. First, second, and third place overall male and female runners will receive plaques, as will men and women placing first and second in the masters (40+) division. Framed certificates are given to the top three males and females in these age groups: 5-19 (in 3-yr splits) and 20-89 (in 5-year splits).
First Night State College encourages runners and spectators to wear costumes. The runner or group of runners with the best costume will receive a plaque.
Each of the first 740 registrants receives one First Night State College button and a long-sleeved tee shirt.
Registration fee is $25 if postmarked on or before Dec. 24th. Thereafter registration is $28. Special incentive for runners ages 19 and under only: $15 for pre-race registration, $18 thereafter (note: FNSC Button not included in this package).
Runners can download an application here and register at the office of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts until noon on December 30th and/or may register or pick up race packets on December 30th from 2 to 5 p.m. at the State College Municipal Building Lobby, 243 South Allen Street, or on race day between 4 and 6 p.m. at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church basketball court. This location will also serve as baggage storage during the race and post-race refreshments and awards.
For further information, please contact First Night State College (814) 237-3682. Race results are available at Nittany Valley Running Club.