The fifth annual Tower to Town 10-mile race raised an estimated $10,000, with half of that money going towards the John E. Wengert Memorial Park and the remainder supporting local nonprofits The Lebanon Valley Conservancy and the Community Health Council.
Race organizers said that more than 100 racers participated in the 10-mile trail run on Oct. 2, with a few even coming from out of state, despite the inclement weather from Hurricane Ian.
The fastest time was Dary Good of Germansville with a time of 1:00:35. The first place female winner was Charlene Smith of Mount Joy with a time of 1:18:06. The first place overall relay team was Cru Frederick and Max Frederick, a “dynamic” 12-year-old duo from Lebanon that completed the run in 1:17:25.
“The race is a great opportunity for us to showcase some of the beautiful recreational areas in Lebanon County, including Mount Gretna and the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail,” said Nicole Maurer, executive director of the Community Health Council of Lebanon County and race director for Tower to Town, in a press release.
“Thanks to the county’s hotel tax grant, we were able to market the event to surrounding areas and draw in a diverse group of racers.”
The funds will go in part towards construction of the John E. Wengert Memorial Park, which is slated to begin construction later this year, according to a press release about the race.
“The construction phase of the park is getting closer,” said Kara Lubold, executive director for The Lebanon Valley Conservancy.
“Wengert Memorial Park’s gardens, playgrounds and bike paths will be a wonderful resource for the community to enjoy the outdoors and nature.”
According to the press release, the first phase of the park will feature a bike traffic garden, park signage, a parking area, pavilions, fitness stations, and improvements to the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail trailhead.
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