First Beaver Stadium Run benefiting Special Olympcis set for April 25

University Park, Pa. — Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to take part in the inaugural Beaver Stadium 5K Run/Family Fun Walk on Sunday, April 25 to benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania, introducing a new Blue-White weekend tradition.

The run will start at 10 a.m. in front of the Bryce Jordan Center on Curtin Road and move through Penn State's scenic campus, concluding with runners racing through the Beaver Stadium tunnel and onto the Nittany Lions' grass field to the finish line.

Penn State fans, runners and walkers will have an exciting opportunity to run through the Beaver Stadium tunnel with members of the Penn State football team, Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes, members of law enforcement, the community and the official starter of the run, Pro Football Hall of Famer Franco Harris. He was a standout running back for the Nittany Lions and helped the Pittsburgh Steelers earn four Super Bowl titles.

All participants will receive an official Beaver Stadium Run T-shirt, bottled water and other refreshments. Participants are also eligible for gifts and prizes.

Pre-registration for the Beaver Stadium Run will be available until Thursday, April 22 at Participants also can register for the Run April 23-24 near the Bryce Jordan Center, as well as prior to the 10 a.m. start on April 25.

The Beaver Stadium Run/Walk fees are as follows:

  • pre-registration is $25;
  • families of five are $100 (for more than 5, $17 will be charged for each additional family member);
  • race day registration is $35;
  • spectator entry into Beaver Stadium (will receive T-shirt) is $20;
  • spectator entry into Beaver Stadium (will not receive T-shirt) is $10.

Participants can raise additional funds online by creating their own fundraising page to garner support from their friends, family and co-workers. For more information and to find out about sponsorship opportunities, please visit, or call Demika Poole at (610) 630-9450, ext. 226.

Special Olympics Pennsylvania annually holds its state Summer Games on Penn State's University Park campus in June, with more than 2,000 athletes, 750 coaches and 2,000 volunteers from across the Commonwealth participating. The 2010 event will be held June 10-12.

One of the nation's premier spring football events, the Blue-White Game presented by AAA is Saturday, April 24 in Beaver Stadium. As in previous years, there is no admission or parking fee for the annual contest, which will kick off at 2 p.m. The Blue-White Game presented by AAA will air live on ESPN2, the Penn State Sports Network and

Blue-White Weekend will have numerous free, fan-friendly events adjacent to Beaver Stadium. The celebration of Penn State football will include the popular pre-game autograph session with the players, performances by six high school bands, the announcement of the spring football award winners as well as the recipients of the PNC Bank "Player of the Game" from last season.

The Blue-White Game presented by AAA is one of the nation's most popular spring football contests. The attendance record has been set each of the past three years, with an estimated crowd of 76,500 flocking to the 2009 contest. An estimated 73,000 fans attended in 2008 and 71,000 in 2007.


About Special Olympics Pennsylvania

Special Olympics Pennsylvania provides year-round training and competition in 22 Olympic-type sports to more than 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities or closely related developmental disabilities. For more information about how SOPA inspires greatness, visit

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Last Updated April 16, 2010