4th annual Marching Chiefs 5K going virtual this year

By Cristi McKee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla — The 4th annual Florida State University Marching Chiefs 5K, scheduled for Nov. 15 at 7:30 a.m., will take place completely virtually this year for “the safety and wellbeing of all Seminoles,” according to race organizers.

“Out of an abundance of caution amid the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no in-person race experience,” organizers say. “The shift to a completely virtual race allows us to keep you safe and healthy while also giving you the opportunity to support the Marching Chiefs and College of Music from the comfort of your home.”

Each year, race participants run, walk, or march across the FSU campus to raise money to support the Marching Chiefs and FSU College of Music. The route usually begins at Bill Harkins Field and extends from Westcott Fountain to Doak Campbell Stadium. Typically, several pep bands are staged throughout the campus to perform for participants as they pass by. This year, a live-stream of the race route for the duration of the virtual race will be hosted by Dr. David Plack, Director of Athletic Bands at FSU.

In lieu of participating in the race on campus, those who registered are encouraged to run the 5K in their own neighborhood while wearing their race-day gear. If you have no already, you can register for the 5K online, here. Registration for the event, which was extended due to this change, costs $35 and includes a tee-shirt, bib, and medal for pick-up while supplies last.

The first Marching Chiefs 5K took place in 2017 and for the last four years, the Gamma Nu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band fraternity, has organized the race to honor past, present, and future Marching Chiefs.

While this year’s Marching Chiefs 5K will look different this year, organizers plan for the race to be even more fun and exciting than years prior. “Despite these challenges, we plan to make this year’s race the best one yet!

You can RSVP to the event and share with friends and family on Facebook, here.

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