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Marching Chiefs to hold 5K benefit race

Florida State University’s Gamma Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi will host an event in honor of the world-renowned Marching Chiefs while raising funds for the bands of FSU.

The inaugural Marching Chiefs 5K will take place at 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 19. The race will take runners on a winding course through the Florida State campus, culminating at Chiefs Field. The event is sponsored by the Gamma Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honorary band fraternity.

Race chairman Adam Thompson said this event will allow students of the FSU music program, supporters of the popular college marching band and members of the community to be part of a new and exciting tradition.

“Florida State has long been recognized as a leader in collegiate music programs and a mecca for talented musicians,” Thompson said. “Our fraternity is excited to introduce an event that supports this longstanding tradition by supporting the Marching Chiefs and generating funds for future music activities.”

The race hopes to attract current students, community members, and many dedicated alumni, as well as enthusiastic sponsors.

“We are already talking with numerous local businesses about being part of our debut year, giving them a chance to be a part of creating a new Seminole tradition,” Thompson said.

With plans to make it an annual event, Kappa Kappa Psi expects the race to become an important part of the FSU football season excitement.

“Marching Chiefs are an integral part of the Seminole tradition, and we think this event will earn the right to be part of that celebration,” Thompson said.

This event is family-friendly, and both runners and walkers can participate. Those interested should check the event website at marching_chiefs_5k.eventbrite.com or at Facebook. Local businesses can learn more about sponsorship opportunities by contacting Adam Thompson at (941) 539 4954 or art15g@my.fsu.edu.