2017-07-20 / Sports

Amato looks to defend Fishtown 5K title Saturday

FISHTOWN 5K participants begin the 2016 race. FISHTOWN 5K participants begin the 2016 race. A lot goes into planning a race.

Summer Meyer can attest.

Meyer, who joined Fishtown Preservation Society about a year and a half ago, said the planning process for the annual Fishtown 5K never stops.

“Once the race ends, we’re already starting to plan for the next year,” she said. “It’s a continual process.”

The process includes promotion, communication with past registrants and the recruitment of volunteers.

It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it.

Last year, 534 people finished the race — and community members raised close to $20,000.

Meyer and Amanda Holmes, executive director of 501(c)3 organization, may just eclipse both plateaus at the conclusion of the ninth annual race through Leland on Saturday.

“After nine years, we hope we have it down,” Meyer said.

New this year are wicking T-shirts for participants, a common request among runners last year, and new “Adopt-a-Mile” sponsorships.

The race will also feature a pair of mascots. Keith Burnham’s dog, Biscuit Burnham, has been tabbed as the senior mascot of this year’s event while Sky Lindquist-Bishop will take the junior mascot position.

Families, kids, strollers and walkers are all welcome to participate in the pet-friendly affair.

More serious racers, meanwhile, will be tasked with tracking down Nick Amato, who blazed through the course in 16 minutes and 35 seconds in 2016.

Amato, who won the M-22 Challenge on June 10, said he plans to race again this year.

Race registration includes a T-shirt and costs $30 until 4 p.m. today. The price will increase to $35 from there.

Runners hoping to sign up the day of the race may do so starting at 8:30 a.m. The race will start at 9 a.m.

Further information regarding the race is available at the Fishtown Preservation Society website.

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