Run from the Cold Weather with Upcoming Local Races

The turn of the seasons has sent many outside to enjoy the spring weather, and what better way to do so than family friendly races? Check out some of Hershey’s upcoming community walks and runs for great causes!

Hershey 10K

If you’ve ever wanted to run through the “Sweetest Place on Earth,” the upcoming Hershey 10K is your chance!

Participants will begin and end their race in HersheyPark Stadium, and run through HersheyPark and its many attractions along the way. Runners also have the unique opportunity to download the RaceJoy app for live phone tracking and audio “Send a Cheer” messages from spectators and supporters!

The race benefits the Ronald McDonald house, Aaron’s Acres, and Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance. Each charity provides unique services to families and individuals struggling with a multitude of difficulties.

To register for the Saturday, April 8, race, visit the official race website, and make sure to reserve your spot before the 3,000 runner limit is reached! Registration costs $50 and includes a short-sleeve tech shirt, bib with timing device, post-race refreshments, and a finisher’s medal.

Walk for Clean Water

“We walk, so they don’t have to.”

That’s the mantra of PA’s largest clean water walk, founded and organized by the Hershey High School Key Club. This community event, held on Sunday, April 9 at 1:00 pm, helps provide funds to build clean water wells through the Thirst Project.

This 3.75 mile walk around Hershey High School’s campus is symbolic of the average distance walked by 663 million women and children affected by the water crisis everyday. On top of that, the water that they collect is often unclean and unsafe to drink. When Hershey High School’s Key Club found out about the water crisis and the Thirst Project’s efforts to resolve it last year, they decided that the Hershey community could be instrumental in helping.

According to co-founder and Hershey High School senior Michael Miller, “Each person who walks is forever changing the life of someone halfway around the world.” And he means it quite literally, as the $25 registration fee is the amount of money it costs to give one person clean water for life.

Last year’s event far exceeded its goal and raised $17,500. That’s enough to provide two villages in Swaziland with clean water for life. This year, through partnerships with local businesses and community members, they hope to do it again.

The event is pet and family friendly, and offers live performances, free food, and raffle prizes in addition to the walk itself.

To register, visit walk4cleanwater.com. The first 200 registrants will receive a free walk shirt with their registration packet.