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THON Run a Success

Everyone here at Penn State knows about THON, but not everyone knows what goes into the tremendous undertaking.  Every day the THON leaders plan and plan the world’s largest student run philanthropic event.  

This weekend the THON 5k, took place, raising nearly 50,000 dollars.  

“Dozens of people, holding balloons and homemade signs, cheered on the runners during “The Dash 4 Diamonds,” the eighth annual Thon 5K race.

The race is the kickoff event for the year and one of Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon’s biggest fundraisers, said Samantha O’Brien, special events overall.

“We have a ton of runners … and the crowd was really into it,” O’Brien said.

“The course looks very festive and fun. Even the site is a lot bigger and brighter this year.”

She said last year’s event raised more than $47,000 and she expects this year’s total to be about the same or more.”

It appears that THON is now in full swing, it is such a great event, hats off to those who continually organize these events, which truly do set us apart from other Universities, making us one of the best, and also making the lives of people who have it much harder then us, a little easier.

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