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The running project - Pine Hill 5K

June 29, 2003|by ANDY MASON

What's the best way to gather all your friends together in one place to promote the sport you love and raise money for some good causes, all while fulfilling your senior-project assignment for high school?

For Ryan Conrad, who will begin his senior year this fall at Waynesboro (Pa.) High School, the answer was simple: Have a 5K run.

His brainstorming, which began last summer, is about to come to fruition.

The first Pine Hill 5K is set for Aug. 2 at Washington Township's Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area, located between Waynesboro and Blue Ridge Summit off Pa. 16 (Buchanan Trail East).

"Every senior in our school has to do a senior project. It's supposed to be something you enjoy doing," said Conrad, who's competed in track and cross country since eighth grade. "I love running and playing the drums, and I chose running. I thought it would be something neat to do."

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Conrad has everything in place. Sponsors have helped him purchase T-shirts, awards and refreshments, and he'll give all the proceeds to Lunch Place, Frances Leiter Center and Pine Hill.

Now all he needs are runners and walkers to participate.

"I think 100 people would be awesome, especially since I'm just in high school and this is my first race," Conrad said. "But I'm trying to set my goals even higher. I'd like to get between 200 and 250.

"I've had a really good response. I've made a lot of friends through running, and I'm hoping they'll all come."

Even if you're not already a friend of Conrad's, this run should be fun, especially if you're into challenging trails. The course is a figure eight of winding and rolling paths.

"All of it's crushed stone and dirt," Conrad said. "It's really easy on the legs."

The inclines, however, may be a different story.

"(Waynesboro track and cross country coach Doug Crist) put it best: 'The first 200 meters will separate the men from the boys,'" Conrad said, jokingly.

The race begins at 9 a.m., with registration opening at 7:15 a.m. The entry fee is $12 for pre-registration and $15 on race day. Every registered participant will receive a T-shirt. Medals will be awarded to the top finishers in each age group and trophies will go to the top-two overall runners and first masters, male and female.

For more information or to obtain an entry form, contact Conrad at 717-762-9514 or e-mail him at pinehill5K@hotmail.com

Here's a quick glance at some of the other area events over the next two months (and, by the way, we'll have some individual rankings for you soon, even if I have to do them myself):

July 1

Pete Wright Memorial All-Comers Track Meet, Boonsboro High School, 6 p.m., 301-739-7004

July 4

Firecracker 5K, Waynesboro, Pa., 8:30 a.m., 717-762-0097

July 8

Ausherman Cross Country Series No. 3 (1 & 2 miles), Waynesboro (Pa.) High School, 7 p.m., 717-263-0168

July 15

Pete Wright Memorial All-Comers Track Meet, Boonsboro High School, 6 p.m., 301-739-7004

July 22

Ausherman Cross Country Series No. 4 (1 & 2 miles), James Buchanan High School, Mercersburg, Pa., 7 p.m., 717-263-0168

July 26

Race the Base 5K, Ft. Ritchie Army Base, Cascade, Md., 8 a.m., 301-797-5981

Shippensburg Fair 5K, Shippensburg, Pa., 8:30 a.m., 717-264-3775

July 29

Pete Wright Memorial All-Comers Track Meet, Boonsboro High School, 6 p.m., 301-739-7004

Aug. 5

Ausherman Cross Country Series No. 5 (1 & 2 miles), Shippensburg (Pa.) High School, 7 p.m., 717-263-0168

Aug. 9

Tom Ausherman Memorial 5-Miler, Chambersburg, Pa., 8:30 a.m., 717-264-6715 (days), 717-264-1848 (evenings)

Aug. 12

Pete Wright Memorial All-Comers Track Meet, Boonsboro High School, 6 p.m., 301-739-7004

Aug. 19

Ausherman Cross Country Series No. 6 (1 & 2 miles), Falling Spring Elementary School, Chambersburg, Pa., 7 p.m., 717-263-0168




Andy Mason is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. His running column appears every other Sunday. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2334, or by e-mail at andrewm@herald-mail.com

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