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This memorial race for Cpt.James R. Minicozzi is held over Labor Day during La Festa Italiana. The 5k Race and 1 Mile Walk benefit The Boys and Girls Club of NEPA's Christmas Party and College Scholarships.
Day of Registration: 8:00-9:30 AM (Water and fresh fruit will be available at the main registration table for participants)
Registration Cost: $25 for pre-registered participants, $35 for day of participants - The first 100 registered participants will be guaranteed a race t-shirt.
T-Shirts: T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 100 runners/walkers.
Water Station: There will be a water station located halfway through the race, near Andy Gavin's on North Washington Ave.
Awards/Prizes: We will recognize the first Overall Male and Female runner and walker, along with the top 3 male and female runners in each age group. In addition, bonus prizes will be given to the top 3 overall Male and Female winners, and the Armed Service Award Recipient. In addition, the 1st place Male and 1st place Female in each age group will be given a bonus prize. Please note that you must be present to receive your "bonus" prizes, if you are not present the prizes will be forfeited to another finisher in that age bracket.
**Effective January 1, 2022: No Minicozzi Race Committee members or Minicozzi family members are eligible for any race trophies, medals, awards, or "Bonus" prizes. If you are one of these members and would still like to participate in honor or tribute to Captain James R. Minicozzi, you will still receive a race t-shirt, but will not be provided a timing bib for the race.
Age Groups: 13 & Under, 14-19, 20-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, 71+
Awards Ceremony: Awards will be presented to age group winners immediately following the race at the main band stand.
Special Recognition Award: The Cpt. James R. Minicozzi Memorial Armed Service Award will be given out to the top finisher in the 5K race who is an Armed Service member (active or veteran).
Pacing: Dickson City Hyundai will be pacing the runners with a lead vehicle.
Honoring James: Every year we honor the memory of Cpt. James R. Minicozzi with our Memorial Race on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend during LaFesta Italiana, in Downtown Scranton. The proceeds we raise host over 200 children at The Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA for their annual Christmas party. The club is the safe haven for keeping these children off of the streets, it is their home away from home. We provide every child with a hot meal, hours of festivities and winter hats, gloves & warm, embroidered with the Boys & Girls Club logo on it, coat, vest, hooded sweatshirt or item of warmth for their upper body along with other surprises. All of this is possible from our memorial race, thru the UNICO Scranton Chapter, as well as awarding 2 college scholarships at West Scranton High School, to a male & a female student, in their current graduating class.
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