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5K race returns to Fort Ligonier Days festival lineup

| Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Bill Pribisco | for the Ligonier Echo
Molly Fryer, a second-grade student at R.K. Mellon Elementary School, displays her entry for this year’s Fort Ligonier Days 5K Run/Walk T-shirt with co-chairwoman Pamela Anderson.

It has been a decade since the Fort Ligonier Days festival featured a 5K race, but on Sunday morning, hundred are expected to run or walk the route around the Ligonier Valley countryside.

The race begins and ends at Ligonier Valley High School located at 40 Springer Road.

“We want to show the presence of the community getting together,” said Pamela Anderson, who is co-chairing the event with Carol Wright. “This is a great way to wrap up the weekend it pulls the community together to add one more fun event for the weekend.”

Pre-registration begins at 7 a.m. Anderson welcomes anyone who wants to sign up the day of the race. “We should have enough T-shirts to accommodate everyone,” she said. “We are expecting more than 300 runners. That will tickle me.”

The event includes a 5K run starting at 8:30 a.m. and a 5K walk commencing at 8:32 a.m. The start of the race will be signaled by the firing of a musket by a French and Indian War reenactor.

Cost to participate is $30. Proceeds benefit Fort Ligonier Days Inc. The top three male and female overall winners will receive a trophy.

Children 12 and under may participate in a 1-mile fun run beginning at 8:15 a.m.

“We have great gifts for the children's walk/run,” said Anderson. “The first-place overall boy and girl winners will receive a special prize.”

Molly Fryer, a second-grade student at R.K. Mellon Elementary School, is this year's T-shirt design winner. She is the daughter of Terri and Josh Fryer of Ligonier.

Wright said the committee immediately connected with Molly's drawing because it is happy and energetic, much like Fort Ligonier Days.

“We also enjoyed features such as the log cabin and details such as small flowers. It is clear that Molly put great time, thought and effort into creating a fabulous design,” said Wright.

Wright said the committee wanted to use a student design for the shirts because it is such a pure and creative viewpoint of Fort Ligonier Days to share with racers and visitors.

“Molly did a great job capturing the essence of the weekend — fun, energy, history and special details.”

Wright said the contest was a way to connect local students with the significance of the weekend and the historic events commemorated.

Following the awarding of the trophies, all participants will be eligible for drawings for numerous prizes.

Anderson said she is impressed with the number of local businesses who contributed prizes for the raffle, including an autographed item from Arnold Palmer. Raffle donors include: Connections Cafe, the Paper House, the Tree House in Ligonier, Fox's Pizza, Carol & Dave's Roadhouse, Nails by Erika, Fat Daddy's, First Wok, Equine Chic, Rosalie's Little Italy Restaurant, Rick's Tobacco Outlet, Wicked Googly, Laurel Nursery, Abigail's Coffeehouse, Ligonier Country Club Pro Shop, Nancy Baith Mary Kay's Cosmetics, the Savage family, Bailey Insurance, Kelly's, McInchock Sanitation, the Ligonier Sweet Shop, Arnold Palmer, Amica, Peggy Steele and family, Cool Springs Restaurant, Scamps, The Road Toad Restaurant, Performance Health Studio, Pamela's Golden Touch, Pennsylvania Insurance Specialists, Sandy Crumrine Arbonne, Barb's Country Store, Amanda Montique Tupperware consultant and Betsy's of Ligonier.

There will also be a fundraiser raffle for several specialty baskets during the event.

“We have a ton of great prizes and it is a great family event. There will be plenty of free refreshments and give-away items.”

Anderson said participants may pick up T-shirts 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in front of the high school office entrance.

For more information, call the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce office at 724-238-4200.

Deborah A. Brehun is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-238-2111 or

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