Op­ti­mist Club hosts 2018 Fool’s Run March 24

Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit schol­ar­ships for lo­cal high school se­niors to at­tend Kutztown Univer­sity

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - RELIGION - From Kutztown Op­ti­mist Club

The Op­ti­mist Club of Kutztown has an­nounced the 2018 Fool’s Run is set to take place on Satur­day morn­ing, March 24.

The Fool’s Run con­tains both the Sally Mik­siewicz Memo­rial 5k and the Bob Focht 10 mile race for run­ners to chal­lenge them­selves on the roads sur­round­ing Kutztown. In ad­di­tion, the Opt­mist Club of Kutztown 2 mile walk will again be held this year.

Races start and end on Col­lege Blvd. in front of the Kutztown Fair­grounds and Kutztown Univer­sity Lot 1 park­ing area. The Bob Focht Memo­rial 10 mile race starts at 9 a.m. and the Sally Mik­siewicz 5K be­gins at 9:10 a.m. The Op­ti­mist Club 2 mile walk starts at 9:15 a.m. Race day reg­is­tra­tion is from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Beltzner Hall on the Kutztown Fair­grounds.

The races are run rain or shine. The race di­rec­tor will have the right and re­spon­si­bil­ity to can­cel the day’s events due to ex­treme and dan­ger­ous weather. In such in­stances, in­for­ma­tion will be avail­able by calling 610-698-3826. There are no re­fund.

Pro­ceeds from the run ben­e­fit the Don­ald Peters Memo­rial schol­ar­ship fund, which awards schol­ar­ships to grad­u­at­ing se­niors of Kutztown, Brandywine, Ham­burg and Fleet­wood school dis­tricts that are plan­ning on at­tend­ing Kutztown Univer­sity. The Op­ti­mist Club has been able to pro­vide $1,000 schol­ar­ships to two se­niors from each of the four school dis­tricts for a to­tal of over $250,000 given since the in­cep­tion of the Run. Also funded a $1,000 schol­ar­ship to the Kutztown Univer­sity Foot­ball team schol­ar­ship fund for their con­tin­ued sup­port of vol­un­teer­ing on the run­ning routes of the Fool’s Run.

The fund­ing for the schol­ar­ships comes from many sources in­clud­ing busi­ness spon­sors, race en­try fees for run­ners, and do­na­tions from in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions.

For in­for­ma­tion on race en­try or spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties, please visit the of­fi­cial Fool’s Run web-site at www.kutz­town­fool­srun.com or con­tact Don Sech­ler of the Op­ti­mist Club of Kutztown at 610-698-3826, or email at kutz­townop­ti­mist@hot­mail.com.

The Op­ti­mist Club of Kutztown was es­tab­lished in 1981 with a mis­sion to serve the youth of the Kutztown and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties. Since 1981 the club has grown to serve the youth of the Kutztown, Brandywine, and Fleet­wood school dis­tricts through pro­grams such as the Ora­tor­i­cal Con­test, Easter Egg Hunt, Es­say Con­test, T-Ball, Youth Bas­ket­ball, Child­hood Can­cer Cam­paign, and many more. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Op­ti­mist Club of Kutztown, please visit their web-site at www. kutz­townop­ti­mist.org.

LISA MITCHELL — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The Op­ti­mist Club will host the 2018 Kutztown Fool’s Run on March 24.

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