Bowman Cup 5K Race

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The 17th Annual Bowman Cup 5K Race 

Save the Date!  Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

About the Race

Join us for the 16th Annual Bowman Cup 5K Race on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. The race, named after fedora-loving former Kent State University President Dr. George Bowman, will begin at 8 a.m.

Participants are welcome to enjoy other Homecoming activities throughout the day, including the Homecoming Parade, Alumni Hospitality Tent and the Homecoming Football game.

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.


  • Chip timing system
  • Performance T-shirts (men's and women's styles) for the first 600 participants
  • Delicious free buffet for all in attendance
  • Door prizes with gifts from all your favorite local vendors
  • Reserved seating for the Homecoming parade
  • Awards

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:

  • Student
  • Employee
  • Alumni
  • Community

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
  • 80+

Registration and Check-In

Early race check-in will take place the day before the race on Friday, Oct. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the SRWC. Early race check-in is available for all participants who registered BEFORE Tuesday, Oct. 10. Anyone registered after this date will need to check in the morning of the race. Runners may check-in before the race from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. in the lobby of the SRWC. Due to insurance limitations, headphones, baby joggers, inline skates, animals, etc. are not permitted. Recreational Services reserves the right to refuse any entry. 

Cancellation Policy: Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to another person, event or year. The Bowman Cup 5K Race will be held rain or shine.

Register for the race

If you have questions regarding race details, please contact Steven Langdon at