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Edinboro University’s 5K Run/Walk for Better Health on Sunday will benefit Erie’s Barber National Institute

Sponsored by Sports Management Class


EDINBORO, Pa. – On Sunday, April 22, Edinboro University’s Sports Management Class will hold a 5K Run/Walk for Better Health. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Erie’s Barber National Institute to continue health education for special populations and to advocate better health for those with disabilities.

The family-friendly event will also incorporate youth runs for children aged three-to-12.

The run will kick-off at 10 a.m. from the Mike S. Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Center and consist of two laps around the inner-campus loop. The walk will begin at the same time, following the same route.

Organizers have planned four age divisions for participation: 17 and under, 18-29, 30-54, and 55 and over. Participants can pick up their race packets on the day of the race anytime between 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. at Zafirovski domed facility. Awards will be presented after the “Loop for Life,” and prizes will be given to the top male and female runners in each age division.

The non-competitive, 1.2 mile run/walk/ “Loop for Life” is offered for those with special needs and will begin at 11 a.m. This event is open to those with disabilities, and encourages physical activity and healthy eating. Participants will travel once around the campus loop, stopping at three “healthy” checkpoints. Each checkpoint incorporates activities promoting healthy lifestyle habits. Each participant will receive a certificate upon completion, and awards will be presented.

Another feature of the day will be a “Spring into Fitness Youth Event.” Children of all ages will encouraged to participate in a wide variety of healthy activities, rotating from stations such as a spring egg hunt, watermelon eating contest, wheelchair races, and other fun activities. “Spring into Fitness” begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Mike S. Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Center.

The Barber National Institute was chosen to be the recipient of all proceeds from this event because the Institute’s mission is “to provide children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families the education, support and resources needed to be self-reliant, independent and valued members of their community.”

The registration fees are $20 for students and $25 adults. T-shirts will be distributed to student and adult runners. Children can participate for $5, and those with disabilities can participate for free. Registration will occur up to the event, with registration available onsite starting Sunday at 8 a.m.

For more information or to register, visit or phone Rebecca Wehler at 814-732-1437 or e-mail