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11th Annual AMETEK Tree City 5K Set for July 5

Posted Jun. 23, 2014
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Participants race along the course of the annual AMETEK
Tree City 5K, which benefits the United Way of Portage
County. This year's race will take place on Saturday,
July 5
, beginning at Dix Stadium.

The 11th annual AMETEK Tree City 5K benefiting the United Way of Portage County will take place on Saturday, July 5, beginning at Dix Stadium. Again the race will be a part of the annual Kent Heritage Festival, and the money raised will benefit the United Way of Portage County. Kent State University is one of many sponsors.

The AMETEK Tree City 5K is a scenic point-to-point course, which will run from Kent State’s Dix Stadium through the Kent Campus and finish on the Lefton Esplanade. Last year, there were 258 runners who crossed the finish line in the Tree City 5K, and this year’s goal is 300 runners.

“The race has become a family affair for us,” says Phil Faluotico, director of engineering at AMETEK and chair of the race committee.  “It’s the only race my two sons and I enter each year and my wife Lisa volunteers day of the race and solicits sponsors.”

Faluotico acknowledges the contributions and support of race director Greg Dykes in making this year’s race happen.

Participants can pre-register online through July 2. The pre-registration fee is $25, and the fee for participants registering the day of the race is $30.

Check-in on race day will be from 6 to 6:45 p.m., rain or shine, at Dix Stadium. The race will begin at 7 p.m., and the race course closes at 8:30 p.m. Strollers are now permitted in the race. There are awards and cash prizes for qualifying participants. Awards are given for the top three male and female participants overall, top masters male and female participants, top grand-masters male and female participants and top three in age groups.

An after-party, which has become a tradition of the race, will be held for participants 21 and older. The party will take place at the 157 Lounge in downtown Kent immediately following the race.

Next year, the course will change from a "point-to-point" to a "loop" course. The race will begin and end at the downtown entrance to the Lefton Esplanade. 

“We hope to increase business participation with a common kickoff area and finish line,” says Faluotico.

For more information, including parking and shuttle information, full schedule of events, course map, registration and more, visit www.treecityrace.com.

For more information about the United Way of Portage County, visit www.uwportage.org