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Connellsville Area Falcon 5K geared for health, fun

| Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier
Wellness Group Committee members Vicki McWilliams and Vicki Snyder show prizes for this year’s races. The overall winners of the Falcon 5K will receive an insulated coffee mug and all age group winners will receive ceramic coffee mugs.

The Connellsville Area School District Wellness Committee will host its annual Falcon 5K Run/Walk on Nov. 2. Registration for the event is already being accepted.

“We usually get about 100 every year who take part in it,” Wellness Committee member Vicki McWilliams said, adding that many of the participants don't pre-register far in advance. “We get a lot on race day. People like to wait and see what the weather is like.”

“Members of the track team from any school can participate for only $10 if they get a signature from their coach,” Wellness Committee member Vicki Snyder said. “That's nice because it opens it up for other students to get the discount from other districts.”Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. Sign up early by Oct. 25 and the cost is only $15; from Oct. 26 to race day, the cost is $20.

The cost for all Connellsville Area School District students, employees and high school track members (with coaches' signatures) is only $10. The 5K course is one that is known to Connellsville athletes; it is the same course that is used for the annual Woodruff Run.

“That was a certified course, so we thought we could just use it,” Snyder explained. The route that runs through South Side, Connellsville, and is considered to be a moderate run.

Registration will be held at Connellsville's Falcon football field located on Arch Street.

There will also be a Falcon KIDS Fun Walk/Run at 9:30 a.m. (before the race). Every child participant will receive a ticket for a chance to win prizes. This is free for the kids.

“We have a kids walk before the race, that is free for them,” McWilliams said. “They have a good time and it's something nice for the kids to do and they also win prizes.” McWilliams said some of the younger children who participate in the Falcon Kids Walk also take part in the main 5K.

The event is a fundraiser for the committee, which uses the funding to cover the cost of its spring community health fairs. The group tries to hold the fairs every second years in April.

The committee is planning to host an event this spring. Members were unable to hold one last year because of renovations at the high school.

“We usually get about 500, 600 people for that,” McWilliams said of the community health fair. “It's free and open to everybody and we always get nice crowds.”

There will be 14 different age group categories for the running event at the Falcon 5K and 13 different ones in the walking event.

Top three male and female finishers overall in each of the running and walking events will receive awards. Also, the top three males and females in each individual age group will receive awards.

“We've always had good support in the past and it's gone well, so we hope that people continue to come out and take part in the Falcon 5K,” McWilliams said.

Entry forms are available at the Connellsville Area School District administration office and the offices of all schools in the district.

Forms will also be sent home with all Connellsville elementary students.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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