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Wyoming County offers several competitive races over the summer months that give you a chance to stay active and fit while benefiting local charities and organizations.

* The eighth annual running of the Mountain Energy Services Admiral Stark 5K run/walk and Frank J. Valvano Memorial 10K run will take place on Saturday, July 29, in conjunction with Lake Carey Day Festivities, starting at 8 a.m., with the walk commencing at 8:01 a.m.

Awards will be given to the first overall male and female finishers in the 5K walk, 5K run and 10K run. Special Frank J. Valvano awards will also be given for first male 200 lbs. + in masters and sub masters age groups in 5K run.

Awards are also given to the top three finishers in the 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over divisions.

The 5K run/walk goes around Lake Carey while the 10K goes to the end of Mason Road before turning right on to state route 1006 where runners then proceed a half mile before turning right on to state route 1001.

Participants run 2.7 miles on state route 1001 before turning right into HillBilly Village Road and back to the lake via state route 1003 to the finish line.

Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Station 69 (Lake Carey Fire Company) pavilion.

The registration fee is $15 dollars and t-shirts are guaranteed for the first 100 registered contestants.

For more information or to pre-register, please contact Colby Yurksza at 570-240-3174 or email colbyyurksza121@gmail.com.

* The 32nd running of the Peoples Security Bank and Trust and Triton Hose Company Jack Daniels Mile will be held on Thursday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m., prior to the Triton Hose Company fireman’s parade in Tunkhannock.

The race starts at the corner of Tioga Street and Franklin Avenue and ends at the Tunkhannock Area Middle School.

The course is fairly flat with two turns. There is a 300-meter hill between 1/2- and 3/4-mile mark.

Awards will be presented to the first overall male and female; first fireman; and 20 age groups with no duplication of awards, and presented on the steps outside the entrance of the middle school auditorium.

Frank J. Valvano awards will also be given to the first male 200 pounds and over in masters and sub masters age groups

Registration will be held in the lobby of the Tunkhannock Area Middle School auditorium from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Pre-registration fee before Aug. 3 is $10 and race day registration $15, with t-shirts guaranteed to the first 200 runners.

Pre-registration can be done by mail, in person at the carnival announcing trailer on Tuesday or Wednesday during carnival hours or online at www.runsignup.com/jdmile.

For more information or to pre-register, contact Dick Daniels at 570-240-1932 or email dick.daniels@gmail.com or visit www. runsignup.com/jdmile.

* The 8th annual Dr. Thomas Zukoski Memorial 5K Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 9 a.m. at Lake Winola.

This event takes place on the same day of the Lake Winola Water Carnival. There will also be a mini-race for kids immediately following the 5K.

The race begins at Lake Winola Firehouse, winds counter-clockwise partially around the lake and take runners up and down through beautiful and scenic rural roads before finishing back at the firehouse.

Trophies will be given for the first overall male and female runners and walkers and medals for second and third in each class, as well as the top three male and female finishers in each of the following running groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50 and over.

Registration is $15 in advance and $20 for ages 20 and over, $10 for ages 11-19 and $5 for children 10 and under. The first 100 registered over the age of 11 and all pre-registered children 10 and under will receive a free race t-shirt.

Advanced registration can be mailed to Megan Azar, 1216 West Grove Street, Clarks Summit, PA 18411. Please make all checks payable to ‘St. Joseph’s Center.’

Registration will be open from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in front of the Lake Winola firehouse.

All proceeds from the race will be donated to the Saint Joseph’s Center in Scranton.

For more information, contact race director Megan Azar at 570-687-0400 or send email to zukoskimemorial5k@live.com.

* The 7th annual Lake Sheridan Dam Run/Walk will be held Sunday, Aug. 6, at 9 a.m.

Participants may walk or run the 5K course, which begins and ends at the Lake Sheridan Dam.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., with proceeds benefitting the Frieda K. Robertson - Emil H. Klatt Scholarship Fund.

The pre-registration fee is $15 for adults in advance and $20 the morning of the race, and $10 for children 12 and under. The deadline to pre-register is July 29.

Checks made payable to Klatt-Robertson Fund and can be sent to Laura Evans, 502 Bank St., Dalton, PA 18414.

For more information, contact Laura Evans at lauraq.evans@gmail.com.

* Christy Mathewson Day in Factoryville kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 12, with the annual Christy Mathewson Big 6K Run/Walk and 1-mile kids’ fun run.

The fun run begins at 8 a.m. at the College Green, with the”The Big 6K Run/Walk to follow at 8:30 a.m.

Registration for both races beings at 7 a.m. at the Hibbard Campus Center.

Pre-registration is $20 and $8 for children 12 years and under, with proceeds benefitting the Factoryville Women’s Civic League. Registration on the day of the race is $22 and $10, respectively.

Both races begin and end at Keystone College. Following the race, Keystone College will provide a free breakfast to all runners on the college green.

The Christy trophy will be awarded to the first male and female runners and three deep in all 15 age categories. Awards will also be presented for the first, second and third place winners in the 1 Mile Fun Run.

For more information, please call 570-945-8161 or search the Christy Mathewson Day group on Facebook.

* A tradition at the Wyoming County Fair, the 23rd annual Wisnosky Jewelers 5K Gem Race will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 6:45 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Meshoppen.

Registration will be held from 5:30-6:45 p.m. at the fairgrounds’ main entrance. Pre-registration fee is $12 and $15 on race day. Fee includes a t-shirt and entrance to the fairground.

The course is described as “truly cross country,” comprised of dirt roads, hard-packed tarred dirt roads, grass and wooded paths.

The race will start at the center of the fairgrounds, then circle a good portion of the layout, and finish along the road at the south end of the grounds. The race is designed to kickoff the fall cross country season for high school and adult runners.

Awards will be presented to the first overall male and female, first male and female Wyoming County residents and in 17 age groups.

For more information, contact Ed Hetzel at 570-909-8994 or email longrunner11@mac.com.