UNION, N.J. – Celebrate the vivid colors of the fall season while supporting higher education in New Jersey at Kean University’s Nathan Weiss Memorial Cougar Color 5K on Sun., Oct. 18. All participants, from first-time runners to seasoned athletes, will be splashed with non-toxic, fluorescent-colored cornstarch as they make their way through the flat, fast and USA Track & Field-certified 5K course on Kean’s campus in Union, N.J. Following the race, participants are invited to a family-friendly celebration featuring music, food, face painting and awards presentation. Proceeds from the event will benefit graduate-student scholarships and research.

​Registration is now ​open at http://grad.kean.edu/cougarcolor/

“Graduate education is the powerhouse of a highly skilled workforce. Through comprehensive graduate programs and dedicated faculty, Kean’s Nathan Weiss Graduate College promotes the mastery of academic disciplines and their real-world applications at an advanced level,” said Jeffery Beck, dean of the graduate college. “The Cougar Color 5K promotes health, wellness and enjoyment, while advancing graduate education in New Jersey through the educational and research opportunities for full- and part-time graduate students studying at Kean.”

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Highlights of Kean’s Nathan Weiss Memorial Cougar Color 5K include:

  • Best costume contest before the race 
  • Prizes for top 3 male and female runners in five age categories
  • Special entry fees for Kean alumni
  • Special entry fees for teams of five
  • Complimentary Cougar Loot Bag for each participant
  • Admission to the post-race celebration 

The Cougar Color 5K honors the memory and work of Dr. Nathan Weiss, who served as president of Kean College of New Jersey, now Kean University, for 20 years. He retired in 1989 as the longest-serving university president on the Board of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities. All proceeds from the event, which combines athletic competition with a festive and family-friendly atmosphere, will support graduate student scholarships and research in health sciences, education and other critical fields—causes to which Dr. Weiss dedicated his life.

For more information, visit http://grad.kean.edu/cougarcolor/ or contact Angela Ortiz at aortiz@kean.edu or (908) 737-5900.