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Posted: October 9th, 2012
3 (cross country) Miles for Smiles — Oct. 21

Penn State Behrend’s Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society (ODK) is hosting a 5K race Three Miles for Smiles on Sunday October 21, 2012 (11 a.m. at the Behrend Fields) to raise money for Operation Smile ( Operation Smile is an organization that performs surgeries for children with cleft palates and lips, and facial deformities.

You can register by visiting this website: If you pre-register by October 12th the cost is $15 (due the day of the race) and your t-shirt will be provided at the race. The day-of-race-registration cost is $20 and your t-shirt order will be placed at the race.

I did a little Q&A with one of the race organizers, Krishna Kulkarni:

What is the course? Is it a cross country race?

The Penn State Behrend Fields Cross Country Course, and yes, it’s a CC course.

2. How many typically participate?

This is our second time running the event and we’re anticipating 30-50 runners.

3. Is it timed? Who is timing it?

The race will be timed and by students, not a professional.

4. Are there awards?

No, but we are attempting to get a small reward/plaque for the fastest three.

5. What do the shirts look like? Color? Do you have the design yet?

We’re still waiting for a picture of the t-shirt from SilkScreens Unlimited but the shirt will be light blue with white lettering.

6. Where, exactly, should runners meet?

In the Erie Parking Lot on the right past the tennis courts.

7. Can they register day of race? Where?

They can register the day of the race for $20 at the softball field concession stand, but we are offering a reduced cost of $15 for those who register in advance before October 12th at this link: (

8. Why should people do this race?

Our run/walk is to raise money for Operation Smile, an organization that performs surgeries for children with cleft palates and lips, and facial deformities. It costs $240 per surgery, please help us make a difference by joining our cause to fund as many surgeries (Smiles) as possible!

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