Beaver Stadium Run
The Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run for Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA), presented by the Sheetz, is held at Penn State University during Blue-White Weekend, where more than 3,500 runners and walkers of all ages and abilities participate in a 5K run or 2-mile family fun walk.
Proceeds from the Run benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania and the 13,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The 2023 Beaver Stadium Run was the most successful Run ever, raising more than $448,00 for Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes!
The Run begins in the vicinity of the Bryce Jordan Center on Curtin Road, moves through Penn State’s scenic campus, and concludes with runners racing through the Beaver Stadium Tunnel and onto the Nittany Lions’ home turf to “finish at the fifty!”
Follow this link to view 2022 event photos!
7:30 am – Registration (located at Medlar Field)
10:15 am – Registration will close promptly
11:00 am – 5K Run/Walk Start Time
11:10 am – 2 Mile Fun Walk Start Time
12:00 pm – Race Course Closed
12:15 pm – Awards
Click here to view the 5k Run and 2-Mile Walk Courses
Note: Event will take place rain or shine
STROLLERS are NOT allowed inside Beaver Stadium; if you run with one it will need to be places in a designated area near the entrance to the tunnel.
Parents will be required to sign an event waiver the day of the event for children under 10. Children's strollers must be parked in the identified area on Curtin Road directly across from the tunnel entrance. Participants running with jogging strollers must vacate their strollers on south side of Curtin Road prior to entering the tunnel. Volunteers will be there to assist you.
PETS are NOT allowed inside Beaver Stadium; if you are running with a pet, you will need to stop prior to entering the tunnel onto the field.