On Saturday, Oct. 26, the start and finish of the Fifth Annual Run Past Cancer 5K Walk/Run and One Mile Fun Walk/Run will be in Smythe Park in Mansfield. The One Mile will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K at 10 a.m. Registration for both will open at 8:30 a.m. and remain open until the start of each one.
Event T-shirts will only be given to participants in the 5K who register by Monday, Oct. 14 either online, by mail, or by dropping off a completed registration form. Sizes are: small, medium and large for youth and small, medium, large, extra large, 2XL and 3XL for adults.
The entry fee for those who register by Oct. 14 is $20 for the 5K Walk/Run and $10 for the One Mile Fun Walk/Run. The entry fee for those who register on Oct. 26 is $25 for the 5K Walk/Run and $15 for the One Mile Fun Walk/Run. The maximum fee immediate family members will be asked to pay to enter the One Mile Fun Walk/Run is $30.
Registration can be done in one of four ways.
By Monday, Oct. 14, register and pay the entry fee online for the 5K Walk/Run and One Mile Fun Walk/Run at http://main.acsevents.org/runpastcancerpa. A parent must sign the registration form if an entrant is under 18 years old.
Mail completed 5K Walk/Run and One Mile Fun Walk/Run registration forms with checks made payable to the American Cancer Society to Terry Borneman, 136 Mount Zion Rd., Wellsboro, Pa. 16901 postmarked Oct. 14 or call him at 1-410-428-8615.
By Monday, Oct. 14, pick up registration forms, complete them and drop them off with checks made payable to the American Cancer Society at Wild Asaph Outfitters at 71 Main St. in Wellsboro or at Oswald Cycle Works at 7 North Main St. in Mansfield.
Or, register on race day, Saturday, Oct. 26 between 8:30 a.m. and 9:25 a.m. for the One Mile Fun Walk/Run, which starts at 9:30 a.m. or between 8:30 a.m. and 9:55 a.m. for the 5K Walk/Run, which starts at 10 a.m.
The 5K’s 3.2-mile course will take runners and walkers from the Smythe Park pavilion around the elementary school, by the pavilion to the high school, across the Route 6 Bridge with a left turn by Sheetz, around the housing area and back to the finish line in the park.
Those entering the 5K Walk/Run are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. One prize will be awarded for Best Dressed. The overall male and female 5K winners will each receive a medal. First, second and third place medals will be awarded to the top three male and/or female finishers in the following age categories: 13 and under, 14 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59 and 60 and up.
One Mile Fun Walk/Run participants will travel from the Smythe Park pavilion to the Miller Elementary School and back to the park. Participating families and individuals are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. The majority of costume prizes will be awarded to young runners 18 and under for Best Dressed, Funniest, Scariest, Most Unusual, Cutest, Best Fictional Character and Coolest Celebrity. A family or group of friends wearing costumes will be named Best Group. The first, second and third place finishers in the One Mile Fun Walk/Run will each receive a medal.
All participants in the 5K and One Mile will each receive a goodie bag, which will include a coupon for a free small ice cream cone at Peggy’s Candies & Gifts in Wellsboro.
“Every dollar raised will be put toward the fight to eradicate cancer,” said organizer Terry Borneman, an American Cancer Society volunteer. “Last year we raised $3,000 and are hoping to raise more this year,” he said.
“I have had many family members and friends affected by cancer,” Borneman said. “My mother died of lymphoma and my father from leukemia. My brother was treated for prostate cancer and my mother-in-law for breast cancer. One of my best friends, a fellow teacher, died of cancer just after he retired. Other teachers I have worked with have also died of cancer. I had skin cancer. It is time for us to find a cure.”
For more information about participating in the 5K Walk/Run or One Mile Fun Walk/Run or sponsorships, call Terry Borneman at 1-410-428-8615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.