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Youngwood business group launches 5K fundraiser

| Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 11:30 p.m.

Looking for ways to generate funding for community projects, the Youngwood Area Business Association this Sunday will host its first 5K walk and run, an event that it hopes will become a yearly event to benefit the community.

This year, the proceeds from the race will benefit a new playground area slated for the site of the Youngwood Borough building.

“They tore down the (Sixth Street) old playground (to make way) for the new borough building,” said Michel Pawlosky, organization president and event coordinator. “The proceeds from this year's walk will go toward the new playground that will be built at the site of the old borough building, once it is torn down.”

The group planned a 5K to attract participants of all ages.

“The 5K is a run but also a walk so families and adults and children can all participate,” Pawlosky said. “We are also going to have activities for the kids and give out prizes.”

The race route will begin at the Youngwood Fire Department, loop through the area, and end back at the department for post-race activities, including refreshments, a DJ and children's games.

“We have gotten other departments in the area to help us log the route,” said John Storey Jr., captain at the Youngwood Volunteer Fire Department. “I think that what they are doing is great. (The business association) has really done a lot for Youngwood. They are a good group of people who have been doing some really great things for the community.”

The route is relatively flat, with only one small hill incorporated in the walk.

“The course itself is pretty easy,” Pawlosky said. “I have people signed up from 5 years old to 72.”

Group officials plan to organize this as an annual event, choosing a different community-based beneficiary every year.

“This year we are giving proceeds to the playground and if we do it again next year, the proceeds may go to something else in the community,” Pawlosky said. “It will always be a fundraising event for the community.”

The event has already received positive response from the community and from area residents, she said.

“I think that it's going to be a nice event,” Youngwood councilman Kris Long said. “We're excited to see that they have planned something like this for the community.”

Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age bracket.

“We already have 100 (people) pre-registered,” said Pawlosky, adding that their goal is to have 200 participants.

“I think that this will be a fun event and I hope that the weather is good so even more people come out,” she said.

S&T Bank of Greensburg is the main event sponsor with several other businesses and individuals contributing to the 5K.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the event beginning at 9 a.m.

It is $25 per person to participate.

Forms are available at the borough building or online at youngwoodbusiness.com.

Participants can also register the day of the event.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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