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POTTSTOWN PA – The 8th annual Spring Forward 5K Run and Walk, which raises funds to benefit programs of the Freedom Valley YMCA across the Pottstown and Phoenixville areas, will be held April 4 (2009; Saturday) and is expected to attract runners and walkers in all levels of athletic abilities.

The run and walk is a flat course through the streets of the borough’s north end, starting and finishing at the Pottstown YMCA, 724 N. Adams St. Awards will be presented to the top three male and female overall winners, top three males and females in designated age groups from 9 and under through 65+, as well as to teams. Joel Allen, YMCA member and volunteer, continues this year as race director.

Early registration, due by March 19, costs $15 per entry. In addition, a special group rate offered until March 19 allows four people to be registered at the same time for $50. The first 250 registered participants receive event tee shirts.  Door prizes and refreshments will also be available.

Registration on April 4 will be from 8:30–9:30 a.m. with the event scheduled to start at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Parking is available at the YMCA. Car-pooling is recommended to minimize local traffic.

Last year’s Spring Forward event registered 250 participants. They, along with area businesses that pledged support through sponsorships and donations, and a large number of volunteers, raised more than $6,000 to fund the Y Partners Financial Assistance Program, and to provide community programs.

To become a sponsor or volunteer, and for more information on Spring Forward, call 610-323-7300 Ext. 31.

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