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WAYNESBORO >> A family-friendly 3.1-mile foot race at Pine Hill Recreation Area is a continuation of a high school senior's graduation project back in 2003.

Ryan Conrad enjoyed training on the trails at Pine Hill, and his grandfather Richard Frantz inspired the youth, who was planning the race, to host it in the park. The senior project was a way to challenge senior classmates to expand upon an activity they enjoyed so their community could benefit.

This year, the Pine Hill 5K Trail Run fundraiser will begin at 9 a.m. May 30 in Pine Hill Recreation Area, 12684 Mentzer Gap Road.

Cash awards will be given to first ($100), second ($75) and third place ($50) male and female finishers. Awards will also be given to male and female winners in seven age groups, from 14 and younger to 60 and older.

Ryan's father, William, wrote, "I would like to continue the goals of creating a regional culture of health and wellness. This would encourage everyone to take one small step to becoming healthier and benefit our community with your participation. I am excited to build this as a tradition through the support of participants. I am hopeful participants will include families, secondary school students, college and community runners/walkers."

Rouzerville Business Association and Rouzerville Lions Club Foundation are both beneficiaries of the proceeds from this year's race. Both organizations support community services in the Waynesboro area.

To register, visit www.PineHill5k.org.

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