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DanceBlue’s Annual 5K Registration is Open

Runners at front of 5K race

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2020) — Get your consoles ready and grab your best power-ups, because University of Kentucky DanceBlue’s annual 5K is open for registration. This year, the virtual event allows participants to register until Nov. 7 with no official start or end times. DanceBlue will provide course suggestions for your walk or run and you can get creative with your track.

This is the perfect opportunity to take your gaming ventures outdoor and compete for first place among your family and friends. In addition, proceeds from the 5K will benefit the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic, making it a great event for an even greater cause. All are welcome to participate.


Students, faculty, marathon runners, community members and DanceBlue supporters are all welcome to join DanceBlue in thier virtual race. Register online at for a $40 registration fee until 11:59 p.m. Nov. 7. While registration will be kept open through the date of the race, please note that race materials (race bibs, race T-shirt, incentive items, etc.) may not be available to you before/on the date of the race depending on when you register. More details about packet pick up and shipping are available during the registration process. 


  • Face Mask: The first 25 people to register receive a DanceBlue face mask. A FTK twist to PPE! (FTK represents "For the Kids," a popular slogan for DanceBlue)
  • FTK Athletic Headband: The first 200 people to register will receive a white elasticated headband that has FTK in blue letters. 
  • DanceBlue Silicone Wristband: The first 300 people to register will receive a blue silicone wristband with "DanceBlue" debossed in yellow letters. This is an easy way to show your support for the kids.
  • DanceBlue Sticker: The first 1,000 people to register will receive a 2"x 3" oval sticker with the DanceBlue logo inside the state of Kentucky. A perfect decoration for every laptop.
  • Surprise DanceBlue Mug: The 400th individual to register will receive a DanceBlue mug. 

DanceBlue is the University of Kentucky's 24-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund. The DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic opened its new facility in 2017 after a complete renovation funded solely from DanceBlue. 

For more information about DanceBlue, registration information or to support its efforts, please visit Connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at and Twitter at, and on Instagram at

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