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Solar 5K Run/Walk


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    The 2017 Solar 5K will take place on Saturday, September 23. 

    Solar 5K is a fun family activity and a 5K challenge for serious runners. It is a frontier of the series of events organized by the Science Outreach Center at Saint Francis University for the general public in 2017-18 academic year. 

    Solar 5K unifies health and natural sciences in one event. We scaled down the Solar System to five kilometers, so it is much more manageable for us to reach the boundaries of the Sun's domain.  We will run or walk (or stroll) through the Solar System!  As we run (walk), we will learn how the Sun generates energy in its core and how we use it on Earth.  We will encounter planets and their moons, cross the Asteroid and Kuiper belts, meet asteroids and comets, and learn some tips from health specialists on how to stay healthy throughout our life journey.

    During this scientific 5K, we will learn fun facts and answer questions (optional) about celestial bodies and compete in physical fitness for a chance to win a prize at the finish line. The quintessence of the event is to learn science while participating in a healthy exercise. Solar 5K is about getting smarter and getting healthier!

    Solar 5K includes a timed race, a solar viewing, awards, prizes, brain-teasing games, hands-on activities for kids and their parents, and lots of fun information about our home -- the Solar System!

    Solar 5K pic 1Solar 5K is a fundraising event aimed to support the Summer Camps at Saint Francis University Science Outreach Center.

    • Did you know that light from the Sun takes almost 6 hours to reach Pluto?  
    • How long will it take you to walk 5K and meet all the planets (dwarfs and giants) in the Solar System? 
    • How many questions about these planets can you answer correctly?* 
    • Not sure? Then get ready to stroll across the Solar System!

    * NOTE: No previous knowledge is needed to answer any questions. Solar 5K is about learning on the fly (or on the walk, or on the run).

  • Register for the 5K
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    Registration

    Rate for Participants:

    • $20 for adults ($15 for seniors age 60+)
    • $15 for students (ages 7 to 24)
    • $60 Family Deal (4 Shirts but unlimited participants)
    • Free for ages 6 and younger (but no shirt)

    Shirt*, science poster, and prize drawing ticket included in registration fee; except, shirt and prize drawing ticket not included for children 6 years of age and younger.

    *Participants registered before September 9, 2017 will receive t-shirts.  Participants registered on or after September 9, 2017 will not receive t-shirts. 

    Find out where the 5K course will take you
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    The 5K Course

    The course will begin on the mall in front of the Science Outreach Center. Solar 5 unifies health and natural sciences into one event. We scaled down the Solar System to five kilometers, so it is much more manageable for us to reach the boundaries of the Sun’s do- main (the Solar System). We will run or walk (or stroll) from the center of the Sun to the finish line near Pluto! As we run (walk), we will learn how the Sun generates energy in its core and how we use it on Earth. We will encounter planets and their moons, cross the Asteroid and Kuiper belts, meet asteroids and comets, and learn some tips from health specialists on how to stay healthy through- out our life’s journey.

    Get your t-shirt

    Get your Solar 5K T-Shirt...

    Shirts are not included for children 6 and younger but will be available to purchase for $10. Additional shirts may be purchased for $10. Enclose any additional t-shirt costs with application.

    Download Solar 5K Application 

    Pick up your race "packet"

    Prior to Race:

    Packets will be available at the Science Center on Saint Francis University's campus in room 218 on September 21 and 22 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Day of Race:

    Packets will be available at the registration table on the mall in front of the Science Outreach Center from 7:40 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.

    Find out what you can win

    Solar 5K is a fundraising event aimed to support the Summer Camps at Saint Francis University Science Outreach Center.

    Race Awards:

    Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female runners will be given out immediately following the race at 9:30 AM.

    Awards will go to the top three males and the top three females in the following age categories:

    Children 13 and under, 14-19, 20-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 60 and above.

    Award winners are asked to please remain for the awards ceremony as no awards will be mailed.  Awards may, however, be picked up at the Science Center in room 218.

    Find out how you can win

    During this scientific 5K, we will learn fun facts and answer questions (optional) about celestial bodies and compete in physical fitness for a chance to win a prize at the finish line.

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    Three special prizes will be awarded to lucky participants:  two who answer all (or most) questions correctly throughout the course and one raffle winner.

    *NOTE: No previous knowledge is needed to answer any questions.

    Solar 5 is about learning on the fly (or on the walk or run).

    Contact us via email at ScienceOutreach@francis.edu, by phone at 814-472-3871, or visit us at www.francis.edu/science-outreach-center. Also, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Solar5K.