We are just a FOUR days away from our 2nd Annual Christmas in Conyngham Classic 5K and 1-Mile Fun Walk. We have composed a few FAQ's for your reference! We are excited to see you all soon-- roads are in great condition as per our "dry runs" that were "not so dry" this week.. and it appears as though the weather will be cooperating with us!
Q: Where does the race start/end and what time does it begin?
A: The race starts and ends at the John and Ruth Gould Recreation Center (AKA The CVCO Building) 311 Main Street, Conyngham at 9:30AM. Please note, this is a 30 minute time difference from last year. We chose to push back the start time to make it easier for those wishing to stay for the CIC parade/events at the Borough Building grounds (12-4PM).
Q: Where can I park?
A: Limited parking is available at the CVCO building. Please be advised that if you choose to park here, you will not be able to leave until after the last runner/walker finishes. We have worked closely with local police/ambulance/fire to close off this road/entrance for safety reasons for ALL participants and to ensure that EACH and EVERYONE finishes safe and has a great experience! Additional parking is available at: Whispering Willows Park, adjacent, and the PNC Bank parking lot.. just a short walk from the CVCO building. Carpool is encouraged. Street parking is not recommended because this is where our course will run through.
Q: What time does packet pick-up start this year?
A: Packet pick-up starts at 8:00AM and will run through 9:00AM, sharp.
Q: I missed the boat on pre-registration, will I get a t-shirt if I register on race day? How much does race-day registration cost?
A: A t-shirt at race-day registration is not guaranteed. Guaranteed t-shirt deadline was Nov 16th. We have a limited amount of t-shirts left and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are local, see our registration table for more information on how to possibly pick-up a shirt yourself in the coming weeks-- we cannot mail race shirts. Race-day 5K registration is $25. Race-day 1-Mile Fun Walk registration is $20. Cash or checks are accepted. At this point, we cannot accept cards.
Q: Are there awards?
A: Yes! Award divisions are as follows: Overall male/female; Top 3: 13 and under; 14-16; 17-18; 19-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+. We are also distributing edible cookie medals that double as tree ornaments to all pre-registered runners and those after totaling 200 particpants at packet pick-up, and each participant (both the 5K and the 1-Mile Fun Walk) age 21+ with valid I.D. and race bib will receive a complimentary craft beer courtesy of our amazing race sponsor, Conyngham Brewing Company! In addition, 5 "most festive participants" will receive a little reward from our committee as well, so dress accordingly!
Q: How long do I have to finish?
A: We did not put a time limit on the race. Our ambulance will follow the last runner to the finish line. Please be aware of our 5K course elevation-- Mile 1 is entirely uphill!
Q: Are the roads closed?
A: While we have worked very closely with the fire, ambulance, and police, this is an OPEN road race. Please use caution!
Q: Is there a hydration station?
A: Yes, on the 5K only! At Mile 1 you will see our "hydration station" (of which we made sure more volunteers were at this year to better accomodate you all) that will be providing runners with water. Thank you to First Quality Enterprises and Wegman's of Wilkesbarre for helping to make this station possible. Don't forget to take a banana and a water at the finish line, too! We've also teamed up with Conyngham Brewing Company to "quench your thirst" (age 21+, valid I.D. and race bib all required upon entry to the Brewery). It is conveniently located a few feet from the CVCO Building-- you're welcome! Oh, and for those under 21 or those that do not wish to redeem their beer, hot chocolate is available at the CVCO building thanks to our in-kind donor, SSPTV!
Q: Where can I eat/drink after the race?
A: Conyngham Brewing Company, Brass Buckle, and Cuz-N-Joe's will all have specials throughout the day in honor of our Christmas in Conyngham celebration! Also, there will be MANY amazing local food vendors at the Borough Building grounds from 12-4PM! Parade starts at noon!
Q: Is 1-Mile Fun Walk course part of the same route as the 5K?
A: No, please see our course map under the "course" tab!
We at the Christmas in Conyngham Classic are very busy completing last minute tasks for race day... but we couldn't forget to thank our RUNDERFUL race sponsors.
A big THANK YOU to the following 2016 race sponsors: Conyngham Brewing Company; First Quality Nonwovens; Barry Isett & Associates, INC., Rossi Coal & Excavating; Alfred Benesch & Company, Gould's Supermarket, R.L. Marchetti Plumbing & Heating, Elliott Greenleaf & Green, Donald G. Karpowich- Attorney-At-Law PC., Merrill Lynch, and Reilly Associates.
Another big THANK YOU to the following in-kind sponsors, who donated their time/items to help make sure that our race is a success: Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers, Wegman's of Wilkes-Barre, Butler Valley Beverage, Sam-Son Productions, INC., Valley Regional Fire & Rescue, Conyngham Police, Sugarloaf Police, Cuz-N-Joe's, Valley Trophy, and Stopain®
We are SO appreciative of all of the community support and we can't wait to see you all in just a few short weeks!
Now that we are getting close to race day, we'd like to take a minute to answer some last-minute questions that we have been getting. If your question is not answered below, please feel free to contact the race organizer via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org - Thank you!
Q- I missed the boat on preregistration, will I still get a race shirt?
A- Only pre-registered registrants are guaranteed a race t-shirt. There is a minimal supply of t-shirts leftover from our pre-order so be sure to get to packet pick-up early to try to secure yours. No worries.. you will still get your edible cookie finisher medal and hot chocolate (thanks to our media sponsor SSPTV) and candy canes- as well as a stellar time!
Q- How much is race-day registration?
A- $25. If you bring a small toy donation for our local chapter of Toys for Tots, you will be discounted to the $20! It's our way of saying thank you for donating to a fantastic cause!
Q- Are jogging strollers permitted?
Q- What time is packet pick-up?
A- 7:30-8:30AM at the John & Ruth Gould CVCO Building (311 Main Street Conyngham PA)
Q- Where can I park?
A- NO parking on Main Street- this is our race route. Parking is available in two locations for your convenience. CVCO building parking lot, as well as Whispering Willows Park loop parking (less than a 2-minute walk away from CVCO building).
Q- Are you having a "costume" contest?
A- Yes! The most festive costume gets a special surprise from our team!
Q- Are there awards given?
A- Yes, age group awards will be given (listed on our main page). Additionally, prizes will be awarded to the top female and top male finisher overall.
Q- Are there showers to use afterward?
A- No. There are bathrooms inside to use but unfortunately no showers. We are working on this for next year- perhaps teaming with the local gym that does have a shower.
Q- When will the award ceremony take place?
A- Directly following ALL finishers of the race.
Q- When can I get my free beer? Most importantly, where?
A- Conyngham Brewing Company will open its doors at 10:00AM (by law). It is just a few short steps away from the CVCO building. You're welcome. Make sure to keep your race bib on, your race bib (and age verification) are your ticket to a complimentary beverage!
Q- What kind of adult beverage will I get?
A- Mark @ Conyngham Brewing Company has a few on tap for you to choose from so you'll be sure to find something that you fancy! Thank you, Mark! PS- Stop by the CBC later Saturday night from 5-9pm for live classic rock Stillwater Unplugged. No cover! CBC will remain open until 11:00PM.
Q- Is there a water station?
A- Yes! At the top of the hill. You're welcome. Mile 1- hydration station.. brought to you by First Quality Enterprises and Wegman's of Wilkes-barre (we thank you both kindly).
Q- Is it a closed race?
A- No, it is a road race. Although we try our best to make sure the traffic is stopped or directed away from the race course, there may always be a few that get through. Please use caution during the race.
Q- Are headphones allowed?
A- Yes. Please use caution when using them.
Q- Is there a time limit on the race?
Q- Is the walk the same course as the 5k?
A- No. Please see the courses under "courses" tab.
Q- Is the course the same as the "Valley Day 5k"?
A- No. We tried our best to put our own little spin on it. It still consists of the "Main Street Hill".
Q- What can I do in between the race and the Christmas in Conyngham parade?
A- Grab a bite to eat at Cuz-N'Joe's, Brass Buckle, or Mayme's!
We at the Christmas in Conyngham Classic committee would like to send a BIG THANK YOU to all of our race sponsors!
Gould's Supermarket; Conyngham Brewing Company; C.V.C.O.; Donald G. Karpowich, Attorney-At-Law, P.C.; Barry Isett & Associates; Alfred Benesch & Company, Rossi Coal & Excavating CO.; Hazzouri Group at Morgan Stanley; our media sponsor- SSPTV (they also donated in-kind items for our hot chocolate bar!) ; Coordinated Health (they also race bags for participants and a water bottle for the "most festive dressed"!); Elliott Greenleaf & Dean, Attorneys-At-Law; Michael Palermo Chiropractic, R.L. Marchetti Plumbing & Heating; Reilly Associates Engineering; and Butler Valley Beverage.
We would like to send a special thanks to Wegman's of Wilkesbarre, PA, and First Quality Enterprises for their in-kind donation for our water/aid station. Special thanks to Pamkakes of McAdoo for their hard work with our DELICIOUS race cookie medals for ALL participants! Thank you also to Mayme's Cafe for the $10 gift certificate for our "most-festive" participant!
We are so appreciate of all of our community support! We can't wait to see you in just a few short weeks!
Greetings on behalf of the Christmas in Conyngham Classic 5k/1-mile Fun Walk committee!
We are well into our planning process and SO excited to see you in just a few short weeks! We are currently working diligently to obtain race sponsors. Race sponsorship donations will go directly to race planning efforts including, but not limited to: race timing services, race participant T-shirts, race medals/awards, race advertisement, race-day materials, building usage, etc. If you or your business is interested in becoming a race sponsor, please fill out the form below and return it to the address listed on the form by November 20, 2015. Please see our sponsorship levels to clarify how each sponsor will be recognized. We are also welcoming in-kind donations for the following items: hot chocolate, paper products, nature valley bars/ KIND bars for race packets, pens/tablets for race packets, and/or "goodie" items for our race packets. Please consider making a donation to help a great organization today. We are 100% non-profit and give back our proceeds to the heart of our local community- Toys for Tots local chapter, Children's Miracle Network local chapter, and the Conyngham Park and Recreation Fund. In conjunction with the Christmas in Conyngham committee, we also give back to Brandon's Forever Home and the Valley Food Pantry.
We appreciate your assistance along the way!
- Christmas in Conyngham Classic committee
We are VERY proud to share with you one of our community's other local events- to encourage your participation in hopes that you will be in-shape and ready to run with us in December!
Please visit the Town and Trail Race Series page to learn more.
The series of races will take place on Saturday, October 17th, 2015 at 8:30AM at the intersection of Route 93 and 424. (Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails). Runners can choose from the following distances:
Youth 1-mile race
Town and Trail 100-yard fun run
Town and Trail 13.1 Half Marathon- HAZLETON'S VERY FIRST.
*For those of you planning on the Pocono Half Marathon until it got canceled- this is your chance!
Run local, support a great cause: Hazleton POWER, Hazleton YMCA/YWCA, and GHACP!