Parkland Press

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Steve Bachman’s companion for the race was Casey. Steve Bachman’s companion for the race was Casey.
PRESS PHOTOS BY ELSA KERSCHNEREric Wolfgang with Maizy and Tony Rosencrance with Molly participated in the 5K race at Heidelberg Church. PRESS PHOTOS BY ELSA KERSCHNEREric Wolfgang with Maizy and Tony Rosencrance with Molly participated in the 5K race at Heidelberg Church.
Jason Kipp with parents, Benjamin and Deanna, raced at Heidelberg Church. Jason Kipp with parents, Benjamin and Deanna, raced at Heidelberg Church.
The racers stand in the roadway listening to the announcements and the “Star Spangled Banner.” The racers stand in the roadway listening to the announcements and the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Suvannah Snyder, Julianna Loder and Kayla Cerio show samples of the pictures they made with stencils. Suvannah Snyder, Julianna Loder and Kayla Cerio show samples of the pictures they made with stencils.
Kelly Frisch buys breakfast at the Burger Wagon, Home of the Spartan Burger, from Marlene Wright. Kelly Frisch buys breakfast at the Burger Wagon, Home of the Spartan Burger, from Marlene Wright.
Colleen Andrews creates order from a pile of ribbons. Colleen Andrews creates order from a pile of ribbons.
Valerie and Madison Dunn, and Pam Wieder cheer on the runners as they complete the course. Valerie and Madison Dunn, and Pam Wieder cheer on the runners as they complete the course.
The horn sounded and the runners were off. The horn sounded and the runners were off.
Doreen Reinert, at 76, completed the run in first place in the age 70-plus class. Doreen Reinert, at 76, completed the run in first place in the age 70-plus class.
Emmalyn Fink makes a windmill with the stencils and Quinly Hanna’s shirt says she is “Ready to run the world” as she begins her picture. Emmalyn Fink makes a windmill with the stencils and Quinly Hanna’s shirt says she is “Ready to run the world” as she begins her picture.
852 Maya Sukanick of Schnecksville was the1st in the 15-19 age category. 852 Maya Sukanick of Schnecksville was the1st in the 15-19 age category.
Mike Pandel was the 1st male in the 20-29 class. Mike Pandel was the 1st male in the 20-29 class.
Runners in the kids’ class wait for the “go” signal. Runners in the kids’ class wait for the “go” signal.
Linda Hausamann had the 80-year-old class to herself and came in first. Linda Hausamann had the 80-year-old class to herself and came in first.
Brian Lenhart was the announcer for the day. Brian Lenhart was the announcer for the day.

5K, kids race at Heidelberg Church

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by Elsa Kerschner ekerschner@tnonline.com in Local News

The parking lot at Heidelberg Church was filled with people talking and moving on to talk to others. Some were still registering because it was race day at the church and enthusiasm filled the air.

Two food trucks, Burger Wagon offering breakfast and staying for the return of the racers, and Stagger Lee, with a variety of grilled offerings, were on hand. On a table was free fruit and water for the returning runners.

A Polish Ice stand provided cool refreshment. A market truck, which bore the logo, “Eat Real Food,” provided produce to be taken home.

Benefiting from the event would be the Kellyn Foundation, which is interested in health and wellness education. It provides food to people who don’t have enough and teaches them to grow their own produce.

The foundation’s motto is “Making the healthy choice the easy choice.”

The new truck fund at Goodwill Fire Company, Germansville, and Family Promise of the Lehigh Valley will also benefit from the proceeds. Family Promise helps homeless families through a network of churches. Heidelberg is the host curch.

Taking part in the race were 161 individuals for the 5K and a dozen children participated in the kids race.

Girl Scouts provided crafts for kids with supplies donated by Crayola.

Nestle Water North America provided bottles of water.

“We have beautiful weather. This is a great community and the event brings people together. It is relaxing,” said Amber Kinney, sponsor chairwoman. “It’s warmer than you think. She asked if there would be water along the way. There was.

Brian Lenhart, announcer, said in its second year it has grown into a community event that is healthful. He wanted to thank all the people who helped.

The Goodwill Fire Company with several trucks and Northern Valley Ambulance were keeping things safe. On the side of the fire company’s Squad 1051 truck were the words “There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a VOLUNTEER.”

After announcements and the national anthem for which the flag was mounted on the Goodwill truck, the fire truck’s horn gave the “Go.”

And here they come. With a time of 20.09 Aaron Hofmann was first overall. Eric Andreus came in second. Andreus said he was in his usual first place until the last hill.

Steve Kistler brought Brian, the first baby, to the finish line.

Devon Heinly was the first female with Corina Heffelfinger close behind. An exceptional number of women were entered in the over 61 to 70 age group, and unexpectedly one 80-year-old placed first in the class that wasn’t. No one could remember that happening before. Linda Hausamann was extremely proud of her ribbon.

Karen Yonney, pastor of Heidelberg United Church of Christ, gave a good showing in her race.