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​Runners gathered at the start of the Friar 5K

in 2011.

Annual Friar 5K, a Benefit for the PC Fund, to Take Place Saturday

More than 1,000 people are expected to participate on Saturday, October 20, in the third annual Friar 5K, a road race to benefit the PC Fund, the annual fund of Providence College.

The race is on pace to be the most successful in its history, with more than 700 runners and walkers already registered and 1,100 expected on race day, said Sarah Firetto ’03, associate director of alumni relations.

Last year, the Friar 5K raised more than $16,000 for the PC Fund, which provides money for the College’s most significant needs, including academic programs, faculty support, student programs and services, campus life, technology, financial aid, and athletics.

The 3.1-mile course, sanctioned by the USA Track & Field association, begins at Harkins Hall and continues through the Elmhurst neighborhood. Participants can run, jog, or walk the event, which will begin at 10 a.m.

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After the race, participants and families are invited to remain on campus for the annual Friar Fanfest, sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations and the Department of Athletics on the Slavin Center lawn. In case of rain, events will be held in the Peterson Recreation Center.

Race awards will be presented, and entertainment will include a live band, tattoo artist, and games. Refreshments and vendors will be featured, along with Paws, the mascot for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

In addition, the annual Mal Brown Scrimmage by the men’s basketball team will take place at noon in Mullaney Gym at Alumni Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Campus tours will be available at 11 a.m. and noon from outside Harkins Hall.

For the first time this year, Friar 5K participants and volunteers are invited to a pasta dinner on Friday, October 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Slavin Center ’64 Hall during the registration packet pick-up. 

A post-party will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Ladder 133 on Douglas Avenue. Those showing a race bib at the door will be entitled to a complimentary drink and half off appetizers until 5 p.m. 

— Vicki-Ann Downing
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