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Thon Is On at Penn State


The beat goes on for more than 700 Penn State students grooving at the annual 46-hour dance marathon for charity.

The IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon is billed as the world's largest student-run philanthropy. The signature Penn State event is taking over the Jordan Center this weekend with thousands of students hosting pediatric cancer patients and their families.

As for the 700 dancers, they must stay on their feet in a 46-hour stretch ending 4 p.m. Sunday. They're getting lots of encouragement on the crowded floor set inside the home of Penn State basketball.

Former assistant football coach Jay Paterno was among speakers giving them a pep talk midday Saturday.

The event known to students and alumni as "THON" raised a record $10.69 million last year.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.