BU hosts Great American Smoke Out 5K

For immediate release: Nov. 8, 2010

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Drug, Alcohol and Wellness Network (DAWN) Office and Husky Running Club will host the sixth consecutive Great American Smoke Out 5K Sunday, Nov. 14. The starting location is the Bloomsburg Area YMCA, East Seventh Street.

All proceeds from the race will be donated to the American Cancer Society and the Bloomsburg Area YMCA. The event is made up of three races: a one-mile Kids Fun Run starting at noon, the 5K run beginning at 12:30 p.m. and the 5K walk commencing at 12:35 p.m.

Registration for the race will be held at the Bloomsburg Area YMCA from 10:30 a.m. until the race begins. Registration is $12 for adults and $8 for the children’s Fun Run.

The race course starts on East Seventh Street and continues on Market Street, East 12th Street, Catherine Street, Fort McClure Boulevard and Railroad Street. From Railroad Street, participants will turn right on East 12th Street and right on Colonial Street, heading back to Fort McClure Boulevard and the YMCA. Streets will be closed 15 minutes before the event begins and will remain closed until the last participants pass.

The Great American Smoke Out is an annual event to encourage Americans to quit tobacco use, especially smoking. The American Cancer Society held its first Smoke Out, dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers of tobacco use, in 1977. The event challenges people not to smoke cigarettes for 24 hours, hoping their decision to quit will last forever. The Great American Smoke Out is held annually on the third Tuesday of November.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.