Team Snap 5K Race/Walk for Jamie Barbarich Covol & the National Brain Tumor Society


Event Date

Sun, Sep 27, 2015


State College, PA


Activity Today Later

Running-5K - Individual

$20 $20 Closed

Running-5K - Family

$30 $30 Closed

Running-5K - Child - 6 and under

$0 $0 Closed

About This Activity

Jamie Barbarich Covol is the Autistic Support Teacher at Mount Nittany Elementary School in State College.  Nine years ago Jamie was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  To read more about Jamie's story, click here.  To see Jamie's inspiring video click here.  Jamie's journey has inspired many.  Jamie says, "I am happy to fight and I will continue to fight every day.  I am so blessed and lucky to be alive and I remember that every day.  While I know that they can never get this whole tumor I am hopeful that one day they will find a way to stop it in its tracks forever.  Until then I will continue to enjoy every minute I get with my children.  God is great and He has a reason that I am still here.  I only hope I can make a difference in this world and leave it a better place."

An update from Jamie on 7/14/2015

"9 years ago today our lives were forever changed when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. A tumor so large that they were not sure there was much that could be done. But by the grace of God, I have spent 3,287 more wonderful days with all of you and I plan on continuing to spend many more days with you too. In the skilled hands of a wonderful medical team I continue to search for the day when we can say we conquered this tumor. Until then we smile with the support of our wonderful wonderful family and beyond the moon amazing friends. If you are reading this we cannot thank you enough for the roll you play in our lives and the lives of our children. We would not be here today without your love and support. We often wonder how we got so lucky to be surrounded by so many amazing people. Each day is a gift and we know that more than most people. We do not take that for granted and we are very thankful for each moment we get together as a family. This journey has been like a race with a series of hills and valleys. This year proved to be one of those hills. With an increase in pain and pressure we tried to find relief. In June I underwent a procedure in which they drained cerebral spinal fluid. In addition to this procedure I also started having seizures. Not to worry though. We are very optimistic about the future and are in no way complaining. We are very grateful that there are procedures to try. As always, you cannot control what happens to you but you can control your attitude. Our children have really embodied this family motto as much as we have in huge part thanks to all of you and your participation in the Team Snap 5K last year. They really got to see how this saying came to life when everyone came together to support us. Over 400 people!! So today as I think back on that day 9 years ago and think about this past year we look ahead to this September 27th and the 2nd Team Snap 5K. We hope you can join us as we “head for a cure” and fight to find answers for those facing brain tumors like me. When I wake up each morning and look at my children, I have to smile knowing what a wonderful supportive community we live in and no matter what happens to me, they have so many people who love and care about them in their corner. Thank you for the continued thoughts and prayers you have been giving my family with this most recent bump in the road and all along this journey. As Braylan always reminds us; This brain tumor has allowed us to see just how much everyone loves us. We are so blessed. We will continue to live each day for the blessing it is with a smile on our faces no matter what. Thank you for standing behind us even if you were scared. It means the world to us. We look forward to seeing you there September 27th to run or walk with us with a smile on your face as we head for a cure!"

If you would like to help with the race, click here to volunteer:

Event details and schedule

Please join us on Sunday, September 27th at 11am at Tudek Park in State College, PA.

Your registration guarantees a race t-shirt if you are registered by September 13th. T-shirts given to race day registrations based on availability.

Printable registration form (to mail & pay by check) -

Proceeds from the race will be donated to Jamie to help with medical related travel & medical expenses not covered by insurance and to the National Brain Tumor Society.

Race day registration & packet pick-up: 10:00-11:00am Tudek Park pavilion next to the tennis courts.  Cash and checks only accepted for registrations on the day of the race.

Run start time: 11am, Walk start time: 11:30am

Post-race refreshments and prize announcements in the main pavilion.

Course information:

Overflow Parking at the Weis Grocery Store on Martin St., with shuttle transportation to the park.

Liability & Photo Waiver:

In consideration of the acceptance of my entry, and intending to be legally bound, I hereby, for myself, my heirs, my executors and administrators, do waive, release and discharge all rights and claims which I may have or may hereafter accrue to me, against either The Team Snap 5K Run/Walk, National Brain Tumor Society Inc., the Race Director and volunteers, Center Parks and Recreation Commission, Ferguson Township, their officers, agents and employees of , and all named and unnamed sponsors, volunteers of and from all causes, liabilities, damages (both compensatory and punitive), claims, or demands whatsoever, either in law or equity, on account of any injury or accident loss or damages of every kind and nature suffered by me (or said minor) while traveling to and from the race event, participating in the race event, or using any and all facilities at the race. I understand that any race can pose a significant risk to my health and life and is potentially dangerous and I hereby attest and affirm that I am sufficiently conditioned to for the race.

I grant to the Team Snap 5K Run/Walk, its representatives and employees the right to take photographs of me and my property in connection with the above-identified subject. I authorize the Team Snap 5K Run/Walk, its assigns and transferees to copyright, use and publish the same in print and/or electronically.

I agree that the Team Snap 5K Run/Walk may use such photographs of me with or without my name and for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and Web content.

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