Imagine a world where you could participate in a 5k and not even have to change out of your pajamas. This world—is our world.

The Department of Psychology at West Virginia University is hosting the 2015 Pajama 5k Run/Walk on Sunday, Nov. 1, to raise money supporting research for children who have difficulty sleeping.

After you have set your clock back for the fall, put on your coziest pajamas and head down to the race. Dress to impress, as judges will be awarding prizes for the best pajamas in each age and gender class.

“Last year was so successful, we’re back again for our second annual event. This is a very fun, family-friendly event, on a date when there aren’t many other races going on,” said Hawley Montgomery-Downs, associate professor of psychology at WVU.

“This is the only pajama race around and our participants get really into it. I’ve heard of plans by some to come this year as teams like The Sandmen!”

The race will begin at 11 a.m., rain or shine, at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Amphitheater in downtown Morgantown. The path is a flat, paved, 3.1-mile course that will take participants on the Caperton Rail Trail along the scenic Monongahela River.

To register for the event, visit or arrive on race day at 9 a.m. The cost of registration is $25 for adults, $15 for teens and $10 for children (five and under free). Those who register by Oct. 1 will receive a T-shirt featuring artwork by a child in the Morgantown community. Additional shirts will be on sale race day while supplies last.

Registration is a tax-deductible donation; funds raised will support research by the WVU Sleep Research Team to prevent child obstructive sleep apnea and postpartum sleep disturbance.

Light refreshments by race sponsored by Terra Cafe will be provided at the finish line.

For more information, contact Hawley Montgomery-Downs at (304) 293-1761 or



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