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The Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run, presented by the Sheetz family, returned to Penn State University on Blue White Weekend for an eighth consecutive year. More than 3,000 runners and walkers of all ages and abilities participated in a 5K run or 2 mile family fun walk on Sunday, April 23rd, helping to raise more than $400K!

The Run began in the vicinity of the Bryce Jordan Center on Curtin Road, moved through Penn State’s scenic campus, and concluded with runners racing through the Beaver Stadium Tunnel and onto the Nittany Lions’ home turf to “finish at the fifty!”

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New this year was also the opportunity for those who were unable to join the Run on April 23rd to register as a Virtual Participant. Virtual running/walking is a way to participate that can be done at any location, any time, any pace, and at the distance of the participant’s. Interested parties walked, jogged, used the treadmill, ran outside, or participated in another "real-world" race to closely coincide with the official Beaver Stadium Run.

The Beaver Stadium Run is a Law Enforcement Torch Run event that includes individuals from law enforcement, SOPA athletes, the Paterno and Sheetz families, various Penn State University groups, members of the community, and hundreds of Sheetz, Inc. employees. The fun-filled event also featured an array of celebrity participants that included the voice of Penn State Football, Steve Jones; Penn State head football coach, James Franklin; and Hall of Fame Steelers Running Back, Franco Harris, who served as the official starter for the Run.

Any Beaver Stadium Run participant that raised $750 or more received two tickets to attend a VIP Reception and Silent Auction on Saturday, April 22nd with Franco Harris, numerous Penn State Football alums and the Paterno Family. VIP reception attendees joined SOPA as it honored Jennifer Pascucci & Anthony Paul Lubrano with the Fifth Annual Community Hero Award, given to members of the Penn State Family who have shown support and generosity to Special Olympics and/or the community as a whole.

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In addition to the Sheetz and the Paterno families, the 2017 Beaver Stadium Run major event sponsors include: The Starfish Fund/ Suzanne and Al Lord; The Misitano Family and Post Acute Medical; Beneficial Savings Bank; Dan and Debbie McGinn; The Lubrano Companies; Dana and Franco Harris; Di and Dallas Krapf; Harmelin Media; iHeartMedia; Intersection; Lamar; Lear Corporation; More FM; NBC Universal; PSECU; The Apartment Store and Keystone Real Estate Group; The Meder Family; The Tombros Family; Wick and Maggie Sollers; and WPVI – TV.

Visit for more information.  Click here for Race Results.  Click here for Event Photos.

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