Knights of Columbus State College Adventure 5K


Knights of Columbus
5K and Youth Run
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Race Information

History: The Knights of Columbus 5K began in the late 1980s as a family oriented 5K run in a residential neighborhood of State College. After a 4 year hiatus from 1996 to1999, the Knights race was revived in 2000 and has been growing strong. And starting in 2005 the Knights Races included a free 1/4-mile and 1/2-mile races for kids 12 and under!

The Knights Race will be getting a new sponsor, a new course, and a new look for the 2013 race. The State College Area YMCA will be directing the race with the assistance of the NVRC. The new course will incorporate some of the elements of the old, but will start and finish near the State College Y on Waupelani Drive, less than a half-mile from the Knights Hall. Details of the new course will appear here soon. Because of the mild challenges the course sets, it's a great race for a beginners to take on for their first 5K. With special kids age groups, 5 year age groups for adults, and generous prizes, it's a great race for all!

  • Race Day: The 23nd Knights of Columbus 5K will be held on Sunday, Octber 13 at 2 PM. There will be a new course this year!
  • Youth Run: The Youth Runs are held immediately after the 5K. They're held in the parking lot of the South Hills Business School. Kids 7 and under do 1 loop of the lot, kids 8 and up do 3 loops. The 1/2-mile race is for kids 12 and under. The races start at the completion of the 5K. Kids of any age can compete in the 5K, but must pay the race fee for that race. The Kids races are only $3 Parents must sign a race waiver the day of the race.
  • Beneficiary: The Knights of Columbus 5K Race benefits the Schlow Centre Region Library Children's Department and the State College Area YMCA.
  • Registration: Registration details are available here.
  • Age Groups and Awards: 5K: Overall 1st-3rd place men and women runners. 1st-3rd place for men and women runners in the following categories: Youth: 12 and under, 13-16, 17-19 Adults: 20-24, and 5-year age groups through 80 and over. No awards to runners/walkers finishing after 50 minutes.
  • Course Information: The course is pending approval. It will be run on streets and bike paths near the State College YMCA and the South Hills Business School.
  • Beginning Runner's Challenge: The Knights of Columbus 5K is the official NVRC Beginner's 5K. While runners of all abilities run the Knights race because its relatively easy course helps ensure a good finishing time, we will have special incentives for beginners to run the race. If you're a beginning runner, start the Couch-To 5K Program outlined on our Coaching Pages.
  • Related Columbus Day Activities: Nearby Boalsburg, Pennsylvania is home to the Boal Mansion and Christopher Columbus Chapel. The Boal Mansion will be the site of a Columbus Weekend Festival. For more information, visit the Boal Museum web site.
  • More Information: If you have any questions about the Knights of Columbus 5K and Youth Run, contact the Race Director: Josh Cone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

2012 Race Sponsors

Knights of Columbus
Father O'Hanlon Council #4678


CCDA Waters, LLC - Milesburg
(814) 353-1467

State College, PA
(814) 237-3205

Race Results

(The NVRC would like to collect results and memories from the entire history of
the Knights Race. If you have results from past races, or pictures you'd like to share,
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Knights of Columbus 5K Results From Some Previous Years:


1995 2000 2001 2002
2003 2004 2005 2006
2007 2008 2009 2010






Created 06/05/04