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Race keeps Adenhart's memory fresh

June 09, 2011|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com

Williamsport is where Nick Adenhart was a high school baseball superstar.

Sadly, it also is where he is buried.

Fittingly, though, Williamsport is where the second annual Nick Adenhart 5K Run and Walk will be held Saturday morning, beginning and ending at Byron Memorial Park. The inaugural event was held at Marty Snook Park in Halfway last year.

“I think his family is kind of excited about it, because he played high school ball there and the course goes about 50 feet from his grave site (at Greenlawn Cemetery),” said race director Mike Shifler. “The town of Williamsport has really put their arms around this.”

Adenhart, a 2004 Williamsport graduate, was killed in a car accident by a drunk driver on April 9, 2009, just hours after making his first start of the year for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The 5K serves as a way to honor his memory. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Nick Adenhart Foundation and the Hagerstown Fairgrounds Softball Association.

Along with the 5K, there again will be a Rookie Race — a 1K run for children 12 and younger.

Last year, the 5K and Rookie Race had a combined 721 participants.

“Those are huge numbers for a community this size,” said Shifler, who is hopeful for another large turnout.

He said several members of Adenhart’s family will be at the event this weekend, some traveling from as far as Chicago, to both help out and participate.

Recruiting helpers hasn’t been an issue.

“The community response to this thing has been really good,” Shifler said. “That’s what I like about it, all the nice people who’ve come out to support it. People have been calling me to volunteer. I don’t have to call them.”

Registration begins at 7 a.m. Saturday at Pavilion No. 3 at Byron Memorial Park. The fee is $10 for the children’s race, which starts at 8:30, and $25 for the 5K, which begins at 9.

The 5K course will be the same one that’s used for the annual Fourth of July race in Williamsport.

For information, contact Shifler at 301-714-1121 or mshifler@foxassociatesinc.com.

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