Online Registration is now closed. Day-of Registration will be available at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center on Saturday, Oct. 5 starting at 6:30 a.m.
Interested in free child care during the Bowman Cup 5k Race? Register online today!
About the Race
Join us for the 13th Annual Bowman Cup 5k Race on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. The race, named after former Kent State University President, Dr. George Bowman, well known for his love of fedoras, will begin at 8 a.m.
Participants are welcome to enjoy other Homecoming activities throughout the day, culminating in the Golden Flashes sure-to-be-fierce battle against the Northern Illinois Huskies. Don’t forget to go out and show your support for our Golden Flashes! Football tickets can be purchased online.
Due to insurance limitations, headphones, baby joggers, inline skates, animals, etc. are not permitted. Recreational Services reserves the right to refuse any entry.
Race check-in will take place from Monday, Sept. 30 until 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 at Kent's premier running store, Second Sole. The store is located at 104 South Lincoln Street, Kent, OH 44240. It is open from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Friday.
Runners may also check-in before the race from 6:30 - 7:45 a.m. in the lobby of the SRWC. All participants who register after Thursday, Sept. 26 must wait until the morning of the race to check-in.
Cancellation policy: Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to another person, event or year. The Bowman Cup will be held rain or shine.
About the Course
The chip-timed race begins and ends in front of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC). The state-of-the-art facility offers free parking for the event, indoor registration, restrooms and locker rooms.
This USATF certified course through Kent’s residential area follows the Portage Hike and Bike Trail, letting participants enjoy its scenic route through Kent State University’s surrounding community. You can visit our website to download a course map or take a virtual tour to plan out your strategy!
- Chip timing system
- Performance T-shirts (men's and women's styles) for the first 600 participants
- Delicious free buffet for all in attendance
- Free child care for children ages 18 months - 8 years* (must preregister - limited to first 52 children)
- Door prizes with gifts from all your favorite local vendors
- Reserved seating for the Homecoming parade
*Free child care is available for children ages 18 months - 8 years old with at least one parent or legal guardian registered for the race. Child care will be provided by Kent State University's Child Development Center. Preregistration will be required per child. Register online today!
Overall Winners: Overall winners (male and female) will receive cash prizes, a gift certificate to Second Sole, a fedora hat and a signature Bowman cup.
- First: $100
- Second: $75
- Third: $50
Category Winners: Category winners (male and female) will receive a fedora hat and a signature Bowman cup. First, second and third place awards will be given for the following categories:
Age Group Winners: Age group winners (male and female) will receive a signature Bowman cup. First, second and third place awards will be given for the following categories:
- Under 10
- 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
When & Where
Kent State University
PO Box 5190
Kent, Ohio 44242