Walk Kansas 5K, fun walk support Kansas State University cancer research May 5
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
The third annualWalk Kansas 5K for the Fight and 1.5-mile fun walk will be Saturday, May 5, to benefit the Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University. | Download this photo.
MANHATTAN — Walk Kansas, a statewide health initiative presented by K-State Research and Extension, will hold its third annual Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight and 1.5-mile fun walk Saturday, May 5, to benefit the Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University. It is open to everyone, not just Walk Kansas program participants.
The event, which will include a 50-yard kids' fun run, will take place outside the Johnson Cancer Research Center at Chalmers Hall, 1711 Claflin Road. Check-in will be from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. The 5K will start at 9 a.m. and the 1.5-mile fun walk will start a few minutes later.
The 5K route will circle around Bill Snyder Family Stadium and the 1.5-mile fun walk will circle around the university's main campus. Custom medals will be awarded to the top finishers of the 5K. Timing will be managed by Manhattan Cross Country Club, which uses the IPICO chip timing system.
All participants will receive a T-shirt, snacks, water and exclusive event-day specials at various Manhattan businesses. The Kansas State University Marching Band will perform and Sunny 102.5 FM will provide music and emcee support. Games and other activities will offer additional entertainment.
Registration is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the fun walk through April 24, after which the fees increase by $5. The kids' fun run is free, but preregistration is requested for planning purposes. Online registration is at runsignup.com/Race/KS/Manhattan/WalkKansas5K. A brochure with a registration form can be downloaded at cancer.k-state.edu/newsevents/WalkKansas5K.html, where route maps and parking information are also available.
Participants will have an opportunity to pick up their race packets and T-shirts in advance on Friday, May 4.
The event's major sponsor is Cancer Center of Kansas. Other supporters include Sunny 102.5 FM, N Zone Sportswear, Kansas Wheat, Blue Diamond Almonds, HyVee, Dillons and LetsGoRun.com.
"We're pleased to offer an event for Walk Kansas enthusiasts and other friends to come together for fitness, fun and K-State cancer research," said Sharolyn Jackson, K-State Research and Extension specialist in family and consumer sciences and Walk Kansas state coordinator.
"We are so excited for this partnership with Walk Kansas," said Marcia Locke, communications and outreach coordinator for the Johnson Cancer Research Center. "Now, in addition to encouraging exercise and good nutrition, which both reduce cancer risk, Walk Kansas is directly supporting K-State cancer research, and we're so grateful."
The Johnson Cancer Research Center supports and advances cancer research and education at Kansas State University. Its programs are made possible by private donations. Learn more at cancer.k-state.edu.