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THE EDIBLE CLASSROOM’S 2nd annual WATERMELON BLASTER 5K & FUN RUN!

When: Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 8:30 am

Start/Finish:  Manor Middle School
                        2950 Charlestown Rd.
                        Lancaster, PA 17603

The course is across pleasantly rolling terrain and is a closed loop cross country course free of traffic. [Click for race map]

Why is it called the Watermelon Blaster?

This is one of our favorite smoothie recipes made from fresh & frozen watermelon with a splash of lime. Kids love it...adults do, too! All participants receive a Watermelon Blaster after the race.

 

RACE DAY 2019

Rain or shine, the 5K run kicks off at 8:30 am and starts and ends at Manor Middle School, 2950 Charlestown Road, Lancaster, PA. Day-of-race registration and packet pick-up opens at 7 am, or you can pre-register by clicking the link below.

The Kids’ Fun Run is a free dash for kids through age 12 and starts after the 5K (at approximately 9:30 am) at the same starting line as the 5K. All Fun Run participants also receive a Watermelon Blaster.

In addition, the morning activities will include:

  • Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest: Kids and adults alike, stop by the band tent  before 9:30 a.m. to try to spit the farthest. Winners receive...of course, a watermelon!

  • Live music by Dreadnought Brigade to energize you while you run

Parking is available at Manor Middle School and neighboring Hambright Elementary School.

 

REGISTRATION

COST

  • $25 – Registration through September 6, 2019 (Includes tee shirt)

  • $25 – Registration on or after September 7, 2019 (No tee shirt)

 

WHY WE ARE HOSTING A 5K

We want to help schools establish and maintain gardens!

In order for schools to establish and maintain thriving garden programs, it takes a sustaining force to effectively coordinate school staff, students, volunteers and community organizations. The Edible Classroom desires schools who want such a program to have the funds they need to keep the garden not just growing but thriving. That's why $10 of your $25 registration fee will go into The Edible Classroom's School Garden Grant Fund. Grants will be awarded to three schools to use toward The Edible Classroom's programming to establish and/or sustain their school garden programs in the 2019-2020 school year.

Gardening is good for kids!

We believe it’s important for kids to know that the food they eat does not magically appear on the grocery store shelves. Better yet, it’s good for them to be part of the process of growing their own food.

Research shows that participation in youth gardening programs can have the following impacts on students:

  • Increase science achievement scores

  • Improve social skills and behavior

  • Improve life skills, including working with groups and self-understanding

  • Improve environmental attitudes

  • Increase interest in eating fruits and vegetables and improve attitude toward fruits and vegetables

 

PACKET PICKUP

Packet pickup takes place at Manor Middle School during the following dates and times.

  • Friday, September 20, 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

  • Race Day, September 21, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.

 

Awards and Results

Top three male and female finishers in each age category receive a cash prize…$50 for 1st place, $25 for 2nd place, and $10 for 3rd place.

Age categories:

21 and under
22-40
41 and above

(Awards for top finishers will be given approximately 9:45 am at the finish line.)