Brookville 5K race set

From staff reports

Brookville YMCA Cares for Kids, benefiting Western Pennsylvania Cares for Kids Child Advocacy Center will hold its 10th annual duathlon, 5K race and community walk Saturday, July 21, at Shelter 2 at Cook Forest State Park.

This race draws people of all ages and competitive levels because it benefits such a great cause helping victims of child abuse.

Racers will have the opportunity to run and walk in the some of the area’s oldest forest canopy and bike alongside the Clarion River.

Registration forms and waivers can be found at under the “events” tab or at the Brookville YMCA.

Everyone who pre-registers by July 6 will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card and will be guaranteed a 10th anniversary race T-shirt.

People can also register the day of the race, which starts at 8 a.m. at the log cabin/shelter2 area.

The duathlon begins at 9 a.m. and consists of a 3.1-mile run followed by a 12-mile bike and ending with a two-mile run.

The running portions of the events are mainly trails through the scenic forest canopy and the bike portion consists of paved roads alongside the Clarion River and through the park. This event can be done solo or as a team of two or three members.

The 5K run will begin at 10 a.m. and consists of a 3.1 mile run, mostly on park trails.

The two-mile fun run/walk trail winds its way alongside the serene Tom’s Run Creek.

An awards ceremony and free lunch for participants and spectators follows the events.

Solo prizes for the duathlon and 5K are: first- place is $100, second-place is $75 and third-place is $50.

Duathlon team prizes are: first-place is $125, second-place is $100 and third-place is $100.

Raising donations for the race is encouraged and rewarded.

Anyone bringing in $75 or more in donations is eligible to pick from over $3,000 in prizes thanks to business and private sponsors.

Top prizes include overnight cabin and bed and breakfast stays, amusement park tickets, Thirty-One bags, gift cards to local businesses, gas cards, and much more.