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Runners raise money in 5K for Renfrew Institute in Waynesboro

August 03, 2008

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A team of 15 runners competed in Waynesboro Summer Jubilee's Firecracker 5K road race on July 4, thereby launching a new fundraising effort for Renfrew Institute - the Salamander Scramble. All the runners wore bright green T-shirts with an original logo designed by local artist and teacher Tom McFarland.

Under the leadership of institute board member Bob Correll, each runner raised funds in support of institute programming through pledges from friends and family members.

Participants gathered for a series of prerace conditioning "fun runs" on trails in Renfrew Park. With several elite competitive runners from the region, the team also included less experienced runners with recreational or fitness oriented goals.

This inaugural effort slightly exceeded the event's income goal of $2,500, thanks to the enthusiasm of Team Salamander, as well as underwriting support by WACCO Properties, Inc. and Kevin Ledden, certified professional horticulturalist.

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Renfrew Institute plans to make the Salamander Scramble an annual event," said Correll, "and will gladly accept new team members and additional sponsors for 2009." Interested persons should contact Tracy Holliday at the institute for information at 717-762-0373.

Renfrew Institute is a non-profit educational organization providing environmental and cultural education programs to area children, and also offers a full slate of adult/teen activities throughout the year. Nearly 10,000 student visits were recorded this year to institute programs, which are also sponsored by Renfrew Institute's Today's Horizon Fund contributors: JLG Industries, Inc., Emma W. Hutton Trust, PenMar Development Corp. and an anonymous donor. Facility support is provided courtesy of Renfrew Museum and Park.

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