The Kent Potterfest planning committee announces the addition of the "Run Like You Stole from Gringotts" 5K Fun Run to the Kent 2017 schedule of events.

The race is sponsored by Marathon Financial Services (, supporter of Main Street Kent. This noncompetitive 5K Fun Run will take participants on a magical journey through the Kent State University campus at dusk on July 28 to kick off Kent Potterfest 2017, with the main event scheduled for July 29 in downtown Kent.

The 5K will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the Lester Lefton Esplanade and take runners on a spellbinding loop though some of Kent State's most magnificent places. Participants are highly encouraged to dress in Potterverse-themed costumes for this event. Adding to the fun, themed photo opportunities will be located along the course for selfies and group pictures. Registration for the race is $25 and includes a race medal and an event T-shirt. Registration information is available at: Proceeds will benefit Main Street Kent.

The noncompetitive race will not be "chip timed;" runners may have to stop or slow down for moving vehicles at road crossings; the course will be staffed with volunteers to assist with safe crossing.

Event updates can be found on the Main Street Kent Facebook page: and website: as the event approaches. For more information, contact executive director Heather Malarcik of Main Street Kent at 330-677-8000 or 5K director Alyssa Mazey

Main Street Kent is a non-profit organization focused on the revitalization of downtown Kent. It is an affiliate of the national Main Street program and Heritage Ohio program.