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Annual 5K race begins on Main Street and ends at Tomato Festival grounds

At a planning session for the Pittston Tomato Festival 5K Race in honor of fallen hero Dale Kridlo are, first row, from left, Albert Kridlo, Dale’s father, and Michelle Hopkins, co-chair; standing, Jay Duffy and Jerry Mullarkey, co-chairs.

SPC. Dale Kridlo

The scene near the start of a previous Pittston Tomato Festival Run.

File photo

This year’s Pittston Tomato Festival 5K Race will be run in honor of SPC. Dale J. Kridlo, US Army, who was killed in action in Afghanistan last November and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

The run will take place on Saturday, August 20, at 11:00 a.m. Pre-registration forms can be obtained by calling 654-4601. Anyone who has not pre-registered may register the day of the race. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Greater Pittston YMCA.

The 3.1 mile course will include downtown Pittston, the Fort Jenkins Bridge, West Pittston and the Water Street Bridge.

Streets will be traffic controlled and miles will be marked. The course begins at Main and William streets and ends at the Tomato Festival grounds.

The entry fee is $12 in advance and $17 afterwards. Checks can be made payable to: The Pittston Festival Association.

Traffic will be blocked from entering downtown Pittston at 10:30 a.m. The Pittston Tomato Festival Parade will be held at 11:30 a.m. and all parade participants are asked to line-up by 10:30 a.m.

A total of 230 runners participated last year and many stayed after the race and enjoyed the festival. A free T-shirt will be given to the first 150 runners to register. Race volunteers will receive a race staff shirt.

Awards will be given in each age group. The awards ceremony will be held immediately after the run at the festival band shell.

For more information call Jerry Mullarkey at 654-4601.

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