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Celebrate your independence with a run through Waynesboro

July 03, 2005|by ANDREW MASON

What better way to celebrate your independence than running wild on the streets of Waynesboro, Pa., on the Fourth of July?

It might be too late to train for the eighth annual Firecracker 5K, but it's not too late to decide to participate.

Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. Monday on the corner of East Main Street and Virginia Avenue - across from the hospital - in Waynesboro. The race begins at 8:30.

Race director Doc Gallagher said he's expecting roughly 300 runners.

"As far as a 5K, there isn't one nearby that gets as many people," he said. "It's a pretty friendly course, and it's also tied into a lot of events."

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Bring a change of clothes and the family.

The 5K kicks off the Waynesboro Summer Jubilee, which is capped by fireworks at the high school stadium at 9:30 p.m. In between, there's a parade, live music, games and even a pie-eating contest.

The area's swiftest will be aiming for a slice of the cash pie. There's nearly $1,000 in total prize money.

"We like to have prize money. We have a lot of good, local runners who deserve it," Gallagher said. "We usually do pretty well with the number of quality runners we get."

Chambersburg, Pa.'s Tim Schuler and Greencastle, Pa.'s Susan Graham-Gray - the reigning overall champions - both are expected to be on the starting line again.

For more information, contact Gallagher at 717-765-6564.




Tri-State Calendar


Tuesday

Ausherman XC Series No. 3, Waynesboro High School, 7 p.m., 717-263-0168.

Saturday

Run for the Pie 10K, Frederick, 9:30 a.m., 717-642-0196.

Greencastle All-Comers Track Meet, Greencastle-Antrim High School, 5 p.m., 717-762-7815.

July 12

Back-on-Track Pete Wright Memorial All-Comers Track & Field Series No. 2,

Boonsboro High School, 6 p.m., 301-739-7004.

July 16

Bill Beckwith Memorial 5K, Smithsburg, 8 a.m., 301-824-2468.

July 19

Ausherman XC Series No. 4, James Buchanan High School, 7 p.m., 717-263-0168.

July 22

Cook Memorial Mile, Chambersburg, 6:30 p.m., 717-264-7101.

July 23

Musselman 5K, Poor House Farm, Martinsburg, 9 a.m., 304-229-9835.

Greencastle All-Comers Track Meet, Greencastle-Antrim High School, 5 p.m., 717-762-7815.

July 26

Back-on-Track Pete Wright Memorial All-Comers Track & Field Series No. 3, Boonsboro High School, 6 p.m., 301-739-7004.

Aug. 2

Ausherman XC Series No. 5, Shippensburg High School, 7 p.m., 717-263-0168.

Aug. 13

Ausherman 5-Miler, Chambersburg, 8:30 a.m., 717-264-6715 or 717-264-1848.

Aug. 16

Ausherman XC Series No. 6, Falling Spring Elementary (Chambersburg), 7 p.m., 717-263-0168.

Aug. 27

Gary Brown Memorial 5-Miler, Williamsport, 8 a.m., 301-739-7004.

Sept. 17

Great Frederick Fair 5K, 9 a.m., 301-624-2683.




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

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