Freshburst 5-Miler slated for July 21

By on July 11, 2012

What other race is named after a famous mouthwash?

Johnson & Johnson’s 17th annual Freshburst 5-Mile Run/5K Walk holds that distinction and the event is only nine days away. Runners will leave the starting line at 8 a.m. next Saturday, July 21 from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Co., located on Lincoln Ave. in Lititz. Competitors in the 5K Walk will start just a few minutes later.

As of deadline, there were approximately 100 pre-registered for the race, which has developed into a local favorite. The first 500 entrants will receive a goodie bag, along with a T-shirt and sweat towel.

This course is relatively flat and fast with water stops at every mile. After leaving Johnson & Johnson, runners will follow Lincoln Avenue/Doe Run Road to Penn Valley Road, where they will turn left. From there, competitors will turn right onto Limerock Road, right onto Lexington Road, and right back onto Doe Run Road, which they will then follow to the finish line at Johnson & Johnson.

The Freshburst Run/Walk has traditionally been held in July, but last year, it was held in August when 321 runners and 68 walkers finished the event. In 2011, Exton 29-year-old Darryl Brown won the men’s race in 25:22, while Wilmington, Del. 34-year-old Lynn Knothe took top honors among the females in a time of 33:07.

"We’re hoping for at least 500," race committee member Rob VanLew said. "I think a lot of people probably wait until the last minute, especially with the hot weather we’ve had. Last year, one-third of the participants registered the morning of the event."

The event features raffle prizes from local businesses (awarded after the race) and local vendors such as Turkey Hill and Subway will provide refreshments to all participants.

This year’s race proceeds will benefit the PATHways Center for Grief and Loss — Coping Kids (through Hospice). The PATHways Center for Grief and Loss — Coping Kids supports the needs of children, teens and families impacted by serious illness or death.

Prize money will be awarded to the top three overall runners in each category (Male, Female, Masters 45-plus).

Age division awards will be given to the top three male and female runners in each age group (five-year age increments). There will be no duplicate awards. Awards will also be given to the top three male and female 5K walkers. First-place walker receives a money prize.

Pre-entry fee $22. Online registration deadline on www.pretzelcitysports.com closes July 18 at midnight. Mail-in pre-registration forms should be postmarked by July 13. Packets will be available for pick-up on Friday, July 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. and beginning at 6 a.m. on race day. Post-entry is $25 with T-shirts while supplies last (guaranteed to the first 500 participants).

For more information on the Freshburst Run/Walk go to www.pretzelcitysports.com or email cwhite2@its.jnj.com. More FRESHBURST, page B-3

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