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10K race to raise funds for Fulton Co. Medical Center

May 30, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Fulton County Medical Center officials are organizing what they say is the first 10K race ever held in the county in hopes of raising $10,000 toward the $37 million new facility off Peach Orchard Road.

"It's a little bit more challenging of a course because there's a lot of hills in Fulton County," event organizer Cheryl Brown said of the 6.2-mile route.

The event, scheduled for the morning of Saturday, June 17, has five divisions - runner, walker, biker, wheelchair and children.

"Everyone who crosses the finish line ... is getting a little medallion," Brown said, adding that trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division.

Once participants pay a registration fee of $10 or less for each division, they will be given forms to solicit donations and earn prizes, including T-shirts and sweat shirts.

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Brown has been encouraged by the number of people already registering and is hoping for several hundred participants.

"I've been getting a lot of calls for people looking for registration packets," she said.

Each division will leave in intervals from the current Fulton County Medical Center, with runners kicking off the festivities at 9 a.m. The 10K course ends at the site of the new medical center, where food, beverages and music will greet those finishing the course, Brown said.

Late last month, approximately 250 people gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony on the 22 acres designated for the 97,000-square-foot facility slated to have 67 nursing home beds, 21 hospital beds, two intensive care rooms, an isolation room and a helipad.

The completion of construction is expected in late 2007.

Registration information for the June 17 event is available by calling 717-485-6842 or visiting www.fcmcpa.org.

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