2011-03-03 / Front Page

Second Annual Szwydek Race Scheduled

5K run/walk set for April 16 at Forbes Road H.S.
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Steven Szwydek Steven Szwydek Given the outstanding turnout and community support last spring, organizers are hopeful for yet another successful Szwydek 5K race in 2011.

Currently scheduled to kick off on Saturday, April 16, at 9 a.m., the Szwydek 5K run/walk will take place at the Forbes Road School District in Waterfall. The race route will begin in front of the junior/senior high school located on Red Bird Drive and head south on North Hess Road to the intersection of North Hess Road before participants must race back to the school.

Held on a rotational basis between the county’s three public schools, all race sponsorship and registration proceeds benefit the Semper Fi Memorial. Regardless of participating as a walker or runner, all participants complying with the March 25 preregistration deadline are asked to pay a registration fee of $15. Any applications received after March 25 require a $20 registration fee.

Registration applications and payment can be sent directly to Semper Fi Memorial 5K Run/Walk at 276 Mays Chapel Road, Warfordsburg, PA 17267.

Red, white and blue sponsorships are also sought from local businesses and individuals at a cost ranging from $200 and $150 to $100. These “patriotic” sponsorships are considered tax-deductible donations.

Furthermore, all race day sponsors are advertised on the back of race day T-shirts that are in turn given to event participants.

The Semper Fi Memorial fund, according to event organizer and history teacher at Forbes Road High School Jeremy Hollinshead, has been earmarked for junior students enrolled at the local high schools to take an annual pilgrimage to Arlington National Cemetery and the Washington, D.C., area. While there, students experience first-hand the cost of freedom and get an appreciation for the sacrifices of our military.

The memorial fund was established in 2006 in connection with the October 20, 2005, death of Marine Lance Cpl. Steven Szwydek of Warfordsburg, who was fatally wounded by an improvised explosive device while on his second tour of duty in Iraq.

Additional information regarding this special event can be obtained by contacting Nancy Szwydek at 717-294-6774.

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