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Big crowd expected for Firecracker 5K

June 16, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Nearly 400 people are expected to participate in this year's Firecracker 5K associated with Waynesboro's Summer Jubilee on Saturday, July 3.

Race organizers received approximately 180 registrations to date for the event, which includes a one-mile children's fun run, according to race director David Neterer.

Pre-registrations usually continue to arrive as race day approaches, Neterer said.

"Typically we'll pick up about 75 people on race day," he said.

The race loops from Waynesboro Hospital through town on Main Street (in both directions) and several secondary streets. It is held rain or shine.

The children's race starts at 8 a.m. and 5K at 8:30 a.m. from the corner of East Main Street and Virginia Avenue.

The 5K draws both experienced runners and people who trained specifically to make the Firecracker their first attempt at a race, Neterer said. Renfrew Institute, the Waynesboro Area YMCA and Crosswalk Church are holding classes and group exercise opportunities associated with the Firecracker, he said.

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Renfrew Institute's "Salamander" team will be participating in the Firecracker for the third year, according to Institute staff member Tracy Holliday.

To join the team, adults are asked to donate $100 to the institute's programming. The contribution is $40 for youths ages 17 and younger.

There are varying amounts for families, Holliday said.

"We have fundraising materials you can use for support. ... It's easy to get 10 people to sponsor you at $10 each," she said.

To reach Renfrew Institute, call 717-762-0373.

When submitting pledges, team members are given a shirt and the institute pays the Firecracker race fee. Shirts are only available for those runners who register by the end of the day today.

Group members run together occasionally to prepare for the 5K.

"It's walk, run or scramble," Holliday said.

The Salamander team members are eligible for massages and their own prizes, while the Firecracker will be offering prizes as well.

"We're giving away about $1,000 in prize money," Neterer said, saying area businesses also will be offering giveaways.

This year, the children's race will take them around Waynesboro Area Senior High School to better avoid road intersections, Neterer said.

Available for sale are T-shirts, Dri Fit fitted shirts with breathable material, and race belts. The belts are used to hold race numbers as an alternative to pinning them to a shirt.

To register, visit http://www.summerjubilee.org or pick up a form at the Waynesboro Area YMCA or Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce.

Walk-up registration will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 1 and 2 at the race location as well as on race day itself.

Adult registration fees start at $16 without a T-shirt for pre-registration, and increase depending on several options. Children ages 12 and younger are $15 for pre-registration and $20 for walk-up registration.

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