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30K race through Waynesboro area clears first hurdle

July 20, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A 30K race planned for Sept. 18 in the Waynesboro area will not only give athletes an opportunity to train for marathons and ultramarathons, but could also boost the town's economy, a race organizer said Monday.

Bob Correll from Waynesboro Running Inc., also known as CFAR, talked to the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors at their meeting, asking for and receiving their approval of the plans. He said the Waynesboro Borough Council will be looking at the proposal Thursday.

Correll next wants to present the information to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for use of its roads.

Runners are scheduled to start on the 18.6-mile course at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, on Center Square. They'll loop Wayne Heights, Rouzerville and the Borough of Waynesboro.

"Veteran runners will probably negotiate the course in two to two and a half hours," Correll said.

The course will close at 12:30 p.m., he said.

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Organizers are planning for 250 runners, at least half of whom will be participating in longer races later in the fall. Correll said the date was chosen to coordinate with a typical training schedule in which someone would be running approximately 18 miles at that time in preparation for greater distances.

"We thought, 'Why not try to put something together that would be somewhat competitive?'" he said.

Correll praised staff from the borough and township, along with representatives from fire police and other emergency services, for working to ensure safety is a top priority at the inaugural event. Volunteers are needed for spots along the course and the finishing point.

"The events I've run in the past that are the most memorable are the best staffed," Correll said.

With the race being advertised in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and New Jersey, it could have a beneficial impact on the local economy due to the influx of visitors, Correll said.

"The underlying reason for the event is to give the community something to build upon," he said.

To register for the race, visit http://www.waynesbororun

ning.com. To sign up as a volunteer, call Correll at 717-765-0465.

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