Up and running Reamtown Days brings back weekend race

By on August 29, 2012

By: MICHELLE REIFF Review Staff mreiff.eph@lnpnews.com, Staff Writer

Running enthusiasts will be able to gear up for some exercise and reward themselves with food, games and entertainment in the same day — for a good cause.

All of this will happen in Reamstown Memorial Park Sept. 8 with the return of the Reamstown Days race after a five-year hiatus. The event was held from approximately 1979 to 2006, dwindling down and eventually stopping for several years. It comes back as a 5K and Fun Walk/Run instead of a five-miler as it was previously.

This time participants will be competing for charity. While proceeds from Reamstown Days, Sept. 7-8, go to the Reamstown Park Association, all the money raised from the race will go to Acts of Love, a community outreach summer lunch program for children organized by area churches.

"I heard that in a number of communities this year they cut that out," said Dona Reber, who joined the Reamstown Days Committee for the first time this year and also chose to co-chair the race. "I think that helping to feed hungry children has to be a really good feeling."

A runner, Reber feels that people like to participate in races not only to compete but to help local organizations. September is Hunger Action Month, so she said the timing couldn’t be better.

"During the meeting when we were trying to decide, there was a poster hanging nearby for Acts of Love," she said. "After seeing what they are about, we decided to help them out."

Proceeds were originally slated to benefit both the Reamstown Memorial Park Association and Acts of Love, but the park association voted to donate all the proceeds to the latter.

The 5K is open to all ages; the fun run/walk is open to children. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., the 5K will start at 9, the one-mile fun run/walk at 9:45 and the award presentation at the finish line will commence at 10.

Prizes will be given to overall male and female winners, runner-up male and female and overall male and female masters (40 and over). Winners in the following age groups will receive awards: 14 years and under; 15 to 19; 20 to 29; 30 to 39; 40 to 49; 50 to 59 and 60+.

Reber estimates the race’s return will bring approximately 50 to 100 participants. While past organizers have normally seen the average age as 20 to 39, she is optimistic that the multiple age group categories may bring out a wider range of participants.

The event will take a different route than it did in the past, this year going through the park.

Reber, who has lived in Reamstown for about a dozen years, enjoys the park and can walk right over the path to it from where she lives. She and the committee agreed they would like to see participants experience the beauty of the park during the relay.

"My son, Chris, who ran cross-country at Cocalico, drafted the course," she said. "He wanted to use as much of the park as possible."

The 5K will start near the memorial, go through Reamstown, cut down through the pool and come back through the park. The fun run/walk will go through the park.

Not alone in her organizing efforts, Reber is joined by co-chair Scott Garman, who has headed races before. Two friends, Carol Evans and Jill Repoley, are helping with sponsors. Bill Hoch, a local pastor, helped Reber connect with the local churches involved in Acts of Love.

Reber and the other organizers have made several other changes with the re-emergence of the competition, including: more advertising; securing Pretzel City Sports to help with finish line and and time service; and utilizing the assistance of Cocalico track and field coach Ron Derr.

Sponsors this year include: Chris’ Automotive Repair Shop, Cocalico Area Hearing Services, Gurski and D’Agostino Family Dentistry, Reamstown Athletic Association, Kalas Manufacturing Inc., Road ID, Steffy Concrete, Trynosky Tile, Union Barrel Works, Wild Wings & Pizza and The Yoga Place.

"We are hoping to boost participation and also to have a well-run race," said Reber.

The fee to participate is $18 for the 5K and $3 for the fun walk/run by Aug. 30 and $20 and $5 afterwards up until the day of the race. Each entrant will receive a free T-shirt while supplies last.

To register, visit pretzelcitysports.com. For more information, contact Reber at 335-2950 or donareber@gmail.com or Garman at scottgarman25@gmail.com. More REAMSTOWN 5K, page A11

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