There are definitely a lot of new and old 5K Races happening this summer, but we plan to save the best for last, as the 6th Annual 5K Race for the Nation and 1-Mile Fun Run will take place on Saturday, August 24th 2013 in Chambersburg, PA.
The 5K Race for the Nation has played host to 10,000 meter Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills, Professional Athletes Matt Byrne (PUMA) and Luke Watson (ADDIDAS) and to top local talent like defending 5K Men’s champ, Tony Clement (WRC).
This event draws runners from different parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington DC, Ohio and New Jersey. Last years top three open men in the 5K Race all went under 16 minutes for the 3.1 mile course, which is equivalent to running five minute miles. The leader of the pack was 25 year old Tony Clement of Williamsport, MD. Tony repeated as champion of the race finishing the 3.1 Mile course in 15:25. He was followed closely by Dustin Adams of Shippensburg, PA (15:39) and Eshetu Tilahun of Washington DC (15:55) who took 2nd and 3rd overall respectively. All three of the top finishers in the open women’s division all broke the existing course record of 18 minutes. That pack was led by Tinbit Giday of Washington DC (17:03) and followed by Shetaye Bekele of Washington DC (17:48) and Sherry Stick of Eldersburg, MD in 17:58. Last year’s top two finishers in the children’s one-mile fun run clocked times under 6 minutes a mile. The winner of that race, Jack Wisner of Carlisle, PA finshed the 1-mile in 5:46.
This years’s event will also welcome back the voice of the Race for the Nation, Joe Jefferson on DJ and Ken Getchel of SpectaSport providing live timing and results of this year’s event.
The Race for the Nation gives away thousands of dollars in cash and prizes, which includes Sporting Tickets, Ski Resort passes, Running store gift certificates, and a whole lot of restaurant gift cards and goodies.
ALL PROCEEDS raised from this event are donated to the following charities: Chambersburg Youth Football League (CYFL) for new equipment and uniforms, Navajo Students pursuing college degrees in STEM education, and the Wounded Warrior Project, which was established to support the men and women of this country that put themselves in harm’s way to allow each of us to continue to enjoy the freedoms we have today in America.
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