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Longtime rivals team up to raise money for school athletics in Flannery's Pub Run Half Marathon

April 13, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Tyler Shelly, 19, of Mercersburg, Pa., hits the finish line Saturday at the Flannery's Pub Run Half Marathon. Shelly finished with a time of 1:40:50.
By Roxann Miller

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Longtime rivals James Buchanan High School and Greencastle-Antrim High School teamed up Saturday to raise money for both schools at the first Flannery’s Pub Run Half Marathon.

The 13.1-mile run from Flannery’s Tavern at 5 N. Main St. in Mercersburg, Pa., to the John Allison Public House at 104 E. Baltimore St. in Greencastle benefited Greencastle’s G-A MAAX (Greencastle-Antrim Maximizing Arts and Athletic X-cellence) and James Buchanan’s Fix JB Sports. The race was sponsored by Sunnyway Foods in Greencastle.

The money raised from Saturday’s event will be split equally between both organizations, said Vernon McCauley, chairman of G-A MAAX.

“What we’re doing here is truly unprecedented because JB and Greencastle are about as big a rivals as you’re ever going to get on the athletic field,” McCauley said. “Our overall committee is comprised of folks from JB and Greencastle. It’s been a real team effort. Both organizations stand to gain a lot.”

In 2011, G-A MAAX kicked off a $2.5 million capital campaign to reimburse the money the school district paid to upgrade two athletic fields and a six-lane track, and install new lighting at the athletic stadium.

McCauley said G-A MAAX already has raised $500,000 of the $2.5 million.

Tim Witter of Fix JB Sports said the organization fell short of reaching its $1.9 million capital campaign goal, but raised more than $1 million.

“We didn’t meet our goal, but we met our obligation to the school district on the track,” he said. “We renovated the tennis courts, and completed the concession stand/restroom building at the football stadium.”

But Witter said there’s always another project right around the corner.

Fix JB Sports currently is trying to raise $100,000 for a soccer complex to be built behind the tennis courts.

Pub Run organizers are hoping to donate $10,000 to each school from Saturday’s event, McCauley said.

Zane Clevenger, 18, of Mercersburg, was one of the nearly 300 runners to compete in the half marathon.

The 2012 James Buchanan graduate ran the 400 and 800 meters in high school, but said he wasn’t prepared for his first half marathon.

The hills toward the end of the course were a little rough, he said.

As a student-athlete throughout his high school career, he was glad to help support athletics.

“I think it’s a very good cause because in this day and age, we need to have Fix JB Sports and G-A MAAX because sports are really important to kids,” Clevenger said. “We need to have money to keep those programs strong.”

The winner of the half marathon was Tony Clement, 26, of Williamsport, who finished with a time of 1:12:45.

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