On your mark. Get set. Donate.
That’s the game plan for Saturday, Aug. 16, when Kimberton Fire Co. presents its inaugural “Run with 61” 5K run/1-mile walk, starting at the firehouse fairgrounds at Route 113 and Kimberton Road.
“This is a great community, family-friendly event, where family members will be able to get exercise, interact with their neighbors and get to know Kimberton FC firefighters,” said 22-year-old Amber Lubker, chairperson of the event.
Proceeds from the event, consisting of registration fees paid by participants, will go toward the purchase of firefighting apparatus, equipment and supplies.
Many people tend to “tense up at the thought of participating in this type of event,” Lubker conceded. “They feel it isn’t for them because they aren’t runners and don’t have the stamina. That’s why we offer an alternative: you don’t have to run, you can walk. Walking is good exercise and, what’s more, you can view your neighborhood in a relaxed way — a way that you don’t experience when you drive through.”
Lubker speaks from experience. Last year, she participated in King of Prussia Fire Co.’s run/walk fundraiser. She was one of 30 participants in her age group and placed second.
“That was cool! I had fun,” she said.
While there, she took everything in. She observed how much the participants enjoyed the event while exercising and supporting a good cause all at the same time. Best of all, she pointed out, “as a fundraiser, it was a big success.” Armed with her personal experience, she took the idea to Kimberton’s auxiliary group.
“They said ‘research the project’ and go for it,” Lubker said.
Lubker has been a member of the fire company for three years. When she first started, she recalled, she limited herself to fundraising events. But after seeing firefighters in action, she thought “why not?”
“I wasn’t sure at first,” she admitted, “because it was mostly a male role, and here I am, five-foot-three, looking up at these tall firefighters and apparatus. What made the transition easier for me was the presence of five other female firefighters.”
The event is open to the public and costs $25 for each entry. Participants may register online (http://www.kimbertonfire.org/content/run/) or on the day of the event. Advance registrants will receive an imprinted T-shirt.
Each participant will pick up a packet between 7:30 and 8:15 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the overall race winner and for first place in each age group.
The race itself will start at Kimberton FC’s fairgrounds at 8:30 a.m., proceed through neighborhood residential streets and conclude at the fairgrounds, where participants will be treated to food, beverages and entertainment.
For information, contact Amber Lubker at 610-308-2245.