Black Squirrel 5K Race 2021

Saturday April 10th, 2021

Kent, OH

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About the Race

Please join us for our tenth spring race on Saturday, April 10, 2021. The race, named after Kent State University's unofficial mascot, will be held at 8 a.m. The course is a loop course beginning and ending near the entrance to the Student Recreation and Wellness Center on the Kent State University Campus. The course takes runners through the campus via the Esplanade and Portage Bike and Hike Trail. A few small hills adds to the runners experience and be on the lookout for the infamous black squirrels. An awards ceremony immediately after the race and participants are invited inside the Student Recreation and Wellness Center for a variety of food and beverage items.

Check In: will take place on Friday, April 9 from 4 - 7 p.m. in lobby of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC). Runners may also check-in before the race from 7 - 7:30 a.m. in the lobby of the SRWC.

Cancellation policy: Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to another person, event or year. The Black Squirrel 5k Race will be held rain or shine.

Due to insurance limitations, headphones, baby joggers, inline skates, animals, etc. are not permitted. Recreational Services reserves the right to refuse any entry.


Race Fees

Early Bird Rate: $20.00, until January 31, 2021

Regular Rate: $25.00, Feb. 1 - Apr. 8, 2021

Late Registration: $30.00, April 9 & 10, 2021


About the Course

The race begins and ends near the front of the SRWC. The state-of-the art facility offers plenty of parking, indoor registration, restrooms and locker room facilities. The race is a loop course through the Kent State University campus and is tracked with a chip timing system.



  • Chip timing system

  • Gender sized T-shirts (men's, women's and youth styles) guaranteed to all runners registered by March 21, 2021

  • Free breakfast snacks, fruit, bagels, coffee, juice and water for participants

  • Door prizes with gifts from local vendors are possible




Overall Winners: Overall winners (male and female) will receive cash prizes.

First: $100
Second: $75
Third: $50

Age Group Winners: Age group winners (male and female) will receive medals.

 First, second and third place awards will be given for the following age categories:

06 - 09, 10 - 14, 15 - 19, 20 - 24, 25 - 29, 30 - 34, 35 - 39, 40 - 44, 45 - 49,

50 - 54, 55 - 59, 60 - 64, 65 - 69, 70 - 74, 75 - 79, 80+                                

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Kent State University, Kent, OH

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