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| Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, 8:58 p.m.

Dr. Harrison Pinckney was looking for a project for his event management class to tackle when a fellow Cal U faculty member came up with an idea.

Dr. Kyle Frederick, an avid runner, suggested the class plan a 5K race for California.

“I thought it would be more beneficial for students to plan an event rather than just discuss how to plan an event,” Pinckney said. “The students have spent fall semester planning this event.”

That's how the inaugural Freezin' 5K race and fun walk was formed. The event around Cal U's main campus will be held Dec. 8.

Race proceeds will benefit scholarships at Cal U, as well as the River Town Program, created by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council to highlight recreation options in riverside communities including California and neighboring Coal Center.

One project will involve a trail system along the river at California.

Students in Cal U's Parks and Recreation Management program have organized the Freezin' 5K, which will be held rain or shine. Cal U community members and the general public are encouraged to dress for the weather and join the fun.

Prizes will be awarded to the three fastest male and female finishers in the overall walk/run. Additional prizes will be awarded to the top two male and female finishers in each age group:

• Age 20 and younger

• Age 21-29

• Age 30-39

• Age 40-49

• Age 50-59

• Age 60 and older

Registration begins at 8 a.m. Dec. 8 in Parking Lot 2, across from the Eberly Science and Technology Center on the Cal U campus in California, Pa. Visitor parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.

The race begins at 9 a.m., with prizes awarded after the run.

Participants receive a discount if they pre-register. Registration fee for the 5K race is $20 for adults who sign up in advance, or $23 for race-day registration. Children ages 17 and younger pay $15 in advance, $18 on race day. Families of four or more may register for a total of $40 in advance or $43 on race day.

Registration fee for all fun walk participants is $7 in advance or $9 on race day.

For links to online registration for the Freezin' 5K, visit the Cal U website, www.calu.edu.

For more information about the River Town Program, visit www.monrivertowns.com.

Learn more about Cal U's accredited Parks and Recreation Management program at www.calu.edu, keyword “parks.”

Pinckney said organizers hope to attract 200 runners.

“This is going to be our inaugural event,” Pinckney said. “If successful, this is something we will do annually.”

Chris Buckley is a reporter for Trib Total Media.

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