Budesky strives to make new 5K feel like a classic

October 03, 2004|by ANDY MASON

John Budesky might be a first-time race director, but he's approaching next Sunday's Parks and Rec Trek 5K in Hagerstown like a veteran.

"Even though this is our first race, we don't want to run it like it's our first," said Budesky, the director of administrative services for the City of Hagerstown. "We want it to be a world-class race from the beginning."

It sounds like it should be a great race. The certified 3.1-mile course begins at Fairgrounds Park, takes a tour through City Park and finishes in the outfield grass at Municipal Stadium.

Runners are encouraged to park their cars at the stadium prior to the race and take a provided bus ride to the start.


Accompanying the 5K will be a 2-mile walk, which begins at City Park and concludes at the stadium. Both events start at 9 a.m., have a registration fee of $20 and benefit the United Way of Washington County.

"We're trying to start expanding our rec programming," Budesky said. "And this fits real well with the United Way campaign and getting the parks promoted. It will be good for downtown Hagerstown."

There is roughly $1,000 in prize money for the top 5K finishers as well as age-group awards.

All participants in the race and walk will be eligible to win prizes through a random drawing. Prizes include a Dell computer, Baltimore Ravens tickets and gift certificates for local grocery stores and restaurants.

While Budesky has a modest goal of having 100 participants this year, he expects the field will grow.

"I'd like to see it turn into a larger race and an annual event in Hagerstown," he said. "I want to make this a destination race. I've approached this to really make it worth someone's investment in time and to really get some world-class runners there.

"We've already gotten calls from all over for this thing. We even got a call from Alabama."

For more information, call 301-739-8577, ext. 180.

Tri-State calendar

Oct. 9

Strides Against Cancer 5K, Waynesboro High School, 9 a.m., 717-762-1915

Harmon Memorial 5K, Chambersburg, 9:30 a.m., 717-264-9116

Oct. 10

Parks and Rec Trek 5K, Hagerstown, 9 a.m., 301-739-8577, ext. 180

Conquering CF 5K, Martinsburg, 304-264-2160

Oct. 23

This Race is for the Birds 5K, Shepherdstown, 304-263-8624

Oct. 30

Run For Your Life 5K, Marty Snook Park, Hagerstown, 9 a.m., 301-797-5981

Nov. 13

Road to Freedom 5K, Martinsburg, 9 a.m., 304-263-0811

Nov. 20

JFK 50 Mile, Washington County, 301-739-7004

Nov. 25

Hagerstown Community College Turkey Trot 5K, TBA

Greencastle-Antrim High School Turkey Trot 5K, 8:30 a.m., 301-991-1951

Nov. 27

Chambersburg X-C Alumni Run, 3 miles, 11 a.m., 301-393-3984

Andy Mason is assistant sports editor of The Morning Herald. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2334, or by e-mail at

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