Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is Panerathon?

A: Panerathon is the largest community fundraising event in the Youngstown, Ohio area. It is a 10K/2 Mile walk/run and that benefits the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, the only facility of its kind in the area.

Q: Where and when is Panerathon held?

A: Panerathon will be held on Sunday, August 25 at 10 a.m. at the Covelli Centre, 229 Front Street, downtown Youngstown.

Q: How can I get more information about Panerathon?

A: You can like our Panerathon Facebook page and follow us on Instagram @panerathon


Q: When is the deadline to register for Panerathon?

A: The pre-registration deadline is Wednesday, August 21. All mail-in forms and online registrations must be received by this day at 11pm. The registration deadline to receive the Dri-Fit t-shirt is August 16. You may register at the Covelli Centre on the morning of race day, but pre-registration fees are lower than day-of registration fees. Pre-registration fee for the 2 Mile is $25 and $30 for the 10K. Day-of registration fees are $30 for the 2 Mile and $35 for the 10K. You save $5 on your entry fee when you register early!

Q: How do I know if I am registered?

A: If you sent in your form and your registration fee by mail, then you will be added to our registration list. It may take several weeks for your check to be processed and cleared. You will begin receiving communication about Panerathon in the weeks leading up to the event. If you registered online, you may verify your registration here.

Q: How do I register a team?

A: You may register a team by mailing in forms for each individual member of the team or by registering each member online! Teams must consist of 5 or more people, and the individual fee for each team member is $20 a person. When you register online, the first member of your team must set up your team name so future team members may register under the same name.

Q: Do I need to register all team members at the same time?

A: No. A completed entry form is needed for each individual team member, so you may turn them all in together or each team member may turn theirs in separately. It is important that the team name is copied exactly the same on each team member’s form. Likewise, online, you may select your team name from a drop down box to join or add members at any time or you may create a new team for your teammates to join.

Q: Do all team members need to register for the same event?

A: No. Since each individual completes his or her own form, members of the same team may participate in either the 10K or 2 mile event.

Q: When I register my team online, how can I see who has joined it?

A: To see the members of your team, please click here.

Q: On my registration form, it mentions something about a chip for timing. What does this mean?

A: A timing chip is the mechanism that will be attached to your bib which allows the timing system to track your race time. Only participates in the 10K have the option to be timed.

Race Information

Q: Are there prizes for Panerathon winners?

A: Yes, there are prizes for winners in various categories. All prizes will be listed in the “Event Information” section of this website. Please note that you may only win one prize even if you are the winner in two categories. Your higher title will supersede the other.

Q: Can I walk the 10K?

A: Yes. You may walk or run either 2 Mile or 10K.

Q: Are strollers or wheelchairs welcome at Panerathon?

A: Yes! We simply recommend anyone walking or running with a stroller or wheelchair line up toward the back of the runners corral before the race to avoid getting in the way of our fastest paced runners.

Q: Are iPods/headphones welcome at Panerathon?

A: No. For safety reasons, we recommend leaving the headphones at home.

Q: Are pets welcome at Panerathon?

A: No. We cannot allow any pets on the premises due to safety and liability issues.

Q: I read that the Panerathon 10K is part of the RUNOHIO Grand Prix. What does this mean?

A: The 2019 RUNOHIO Grand Prix is a series of races chosen by runners and the staff of RUNOHIO to be part of a statewide grand prix. Criteria used in determining the RUNOHIO Grand Prix races were: 1) Runners ranking from RUNOHIO, 2) Race Organization, 3) Quality of the race field, 4) Size of the race, 5) Geographical location, 6) Date of the race, 7) Distance of the race. Up to seven races for individual scoring. Individual scoring for Ohio runners in four categories for both Men and Women – Open, Masters (40 and over), Grand Masters (50 and over) and Seniors (60 and over). More information may be found here.

Kids Run

Q: What time is the Kids Run?

A: The Kids Run will begin after the 10K and 2 Mile events. It will begin at 11:30am.

Q: Can my child participate in the 10K or 2 Mile event in addition to the Kids Run?

A: Yes, because the Kids Run happens after the other events, your child may participate in the other events and still participate in the Kids Run. Line-up for the Kids Run will begin around 11:15am.

Q: What distance is the Kids Run?

A: The Kids Run will be about 1/4 of a mile, equal to one lap around a high school track.

Q: Can I run/walk with my child in the Kids Run?

A: Yes! Parents are welcome to walk or run with their young children if they would like to accompany them.

Q: Where can I get more information on the Kids Run?

A: More information can be found on our Kids Run page.

Packet Pick Up

Q: When and where is pre-race packet pick up?

A: Packet pick up will occur Saturday, August 24 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Covelli Centre. It will be held on the lower level of the Covelli Centre near the Refresh Dental entrance to the building. Please note there is only one packet pick up event prior to race day. If you don’t attend a packet pick up you will need to arrive on-site early around 8am to pick up your materials on race day. Large teams and sponsors have the option to pick up their materials on Thursday, August 22 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at Stambaugh Auditorium at 1000 Fifth Avenue BY APPOINTMENT ONLY as long as they pick up the entire team at once. To schedule an early pick-up for your team’s materials please click here.

Q: Can I pick up materials for my team members, friends or family members?

A: Yes. You may pick up someone’s materials for them if you have their first and last name. Please make sure to communicate with the person you pick up for so they know you have their materials.


Q: How do I fundraise online?

A: To begin fundraising and to view our FAQs just about fundraising, please click here.


Q: Will there be emergency medical services on-site?

A: Yes. As always, the health and safety of our participants is our first priority. We will have medical staff on hand, on the race course and near the finish line in case of a medical emergency.

Q: Will there be police on-site?

A: Yes. We have always worked closely with the Youngstown Police Department to ensure the safety of our participants. Police will be present on the race course and on the grounds at Panerathon in addition to the security provided by the Covelli Centre.

Q: Are backpacks welcome at Panerathon?

A: The only bags allowed on-site are the Panerathon drawstring bags distributed at packet pick up or on race day. No outside bags are allowed on the premises. Any outside bags, backpacks, purses or diaper bags are subject to search at any time on the Covelli Centre premises. Please leave them at home or in your car.


Q: Where is the best place to park on race day?

A: THERE WILL BE NO PARKING ON-SITE AT THE COVELLI CENTRE. There are several garages and surface parking lots within a 5-minute walk of the Centre that have been secured for our participants’ use. Information on parking will be emailed to all participants prior to the event, and a parking map will be available for download prior to the event.