Harnessing Hope 5K Run/Walk

****September 18, 2014:  It is with a sad heart that we have decided to cancel this year’s Harnessing Hope 5K Run/Walk.  We once again find ourselves grieving.  This time, we grieve the devastating loss of our sweet and loving father and husband from cancer.  There are no words to capture the sadness that we feel at this time.

Please know that our race will be rescheduled for a future date.  We will refund any existing registrations and race sponsorships, or they may be carried over to our next race at your request.

The Team Kass Foundation will be back with even greater determination to do all that we can to support and assist those who must walk down this cancer road.

We thank you for your continued support during this difficult time for our family.*****

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Join the Team Kass Foundation during our signature event on Saturday, October 18, 2014!

Harnessing Hope.  Inspiring Others.  Giving Back.

NEW THIS YEAR*** Harnessing Hope Award

Please click here to learn more about our inaugural writing award.

Race Details:

WHAT:  2nd Annual Harnessing Hope 5K Run/Walk

PRESENTED BY:  Team Kass, The Kathleen Paternostro Morgan Foundation

And, they are off!  2013
And, they are off! 2013 Race Start.

WHEN:  Saturday, October 18, 2014

WHERE:  Hughesville High School

TIMES: 7:30 a.m. – Registration Opens

8:45 a.m. – Opening Remarks/Sponsor Recognition

9:00 a.m. – Race Begins!

10:15 a.m. – Awards Ceremony

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Online Registration!

This year, we have partnered with EventBrite for our online registration.  Simply click the link above to be redirected to our online registration page.

Summer Registration Special!  Register online between now and August 31, 2014 to receive $5.00 off your registration fee!  Simply enter the promotional code Summer using the Enter Promotional Code link at the bottom of the first gray box to receive your discount!

(Please note: this discount does not apply to virtual registrations nor registrations made by check/cash.)

2014 Printed Registration Form

Use this link if you prefer to register in the more traditional way or to pay by using cash or check!  Please print and complete this form and return it to Team Kass!

2014 Sponsorship Opportunities

We welcome both returning and new sponsors for our 2014 event!  Please click this link to view available opportunities to showcase your business in front of those who care about giving back to our community.  We LOVE our corporate sponsors!

2014 Harnessing Hope 5K Run/Walk Waiver

Whether you are running or walking, all registrants must complete and sign our event waiver!  Please send us your completed copy to Team Kass, PO Box 1862, Williamsport, PA  17703 or email it to us at teamkassfoundation@comcast.net.

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Registration Fees & Prizes:

INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATIONS (Early Bird Registration Ends 5:00 p.m. on October 17):

Individual Runner/Walker:  $25.00 – early bird*, $30.00 on-site

*An additional processing fee will be added for on-line registrations.

Virtual Runners**:

  • Perseverance Support – $30.00
  • Hope Support – $20.00
  • Courage Support – $10.00

**As a virtual registrant, you are unable to attend the event in person but would like to make a donation to Team Kass to show your support of Kass, the Foundation, and this race.  This fee does not include any race amenities, but your generosity and team spirit is appreciated!  Last year, we welcomed 30 virtual runners from 13 states, including Pennsylvania.  

RACE REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

  • Race bib & timing chip
  • Team Kass race shirt  (*Guranteed for the first 150 registrants, please register early!)
  • Prizes awarded to the top finishers (see prizes, below)

PRIZES: Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Top Male Finisher – Run/Walk
  • Top Female Finisher – Run/Walk
  • Top Finisher 13 & Under – Male/Female
  • Top Finisher 14 – 25 – Male/Female
  • Top Finisher 26 – 40 – Male / Female
  • Top Finisher Over 40 – Male/Female

Why We Run:

Proceeds from this race will benefit the Team Kass Foundation and will be used to fulfill our mission of providing scholarships to student athletes at Hughesville High School who exemplify Kathleen’s values and work ethic, to provide support to mothers facing a cancer diagnosis who IMG_1103have young children, and to keep the memory and spirit of Kathleen alive for her daughter, friends, and family.

On July 2, 2012, our lives changed forever when we said goodbye to our beloved daughter, sister, mother, and friend, Kathleen, at the young age of 40.  Kass was a genuine, kind, thoughtful, loving and compassionate young woman who was just reaching her stride when cancer struck.  The mother of a baby girl, Josephine, who was only 3 at the time of Kass’s diagnosis, Kass was determined to live.  She fought a courageous and graceful battle against a very powerful foe.  Her family wrapped their loving arms tightly around her throughout this year of magical love, but in the end, we had no choice but to hold her as she left us for Heaven on that very sad day.

Life as we know it will never be the same.  Now, we are determined to keep Kass’s legacy of giving and kindness alive as we embark on this new endeavor.  We presented our first memorial scholarships in Kathleen’s name in May 2013.  Our hope is to continue to grow this effort and to eventually be able to offer financial and other support to other mothers of young children who are fighting their own cancer battle.  We ask for your financial support so that we can make our work sustainable and meaningful.

Kathleen’s light still shines on the world.  She is forever in our hearts.  We love you, sweet Kass!   “Everything will be okay……”

Race Day Experiences:

“Everything Will Be Okay” Tribute Wall

2013 Tribute Wall
2013 Tribute Wall

Sadly, we understand that so many people in our community have been touched by cancer in some way. It is in this spirit that we will offer our runners/walkers a chance to give a shout out to all of those fighters, survivors, caregivers, or loved ones in Heaven that we will run for on race day!  They are our inspiration to keep going.  Please take a moment to stop by to offer your words and inspiration.

Throughout her cancer journey, Kass always reminded us that no matter what, “everything will be okay”.  She was always upbeat and positive!  Even as she faced her final days, she would say, “I’m still fighting.”  She was a woman of immense strength and grace. This tribute wall will be dedicated in her memory.

Event Photography

Pose for a picture and smile!  A photographer will be on hand to capture the moments and memories of race day.  Groups can pose for photos before the race at the tribute wall or simply enjoy the memories of crossing the finish line.  Photos will be posted on the Team Kass Foundation website following the race.

Support / FAQ:

How far is a 5K?

3.1 miles.

What is the race course?

Please click here for a copy for the race course:  Harnessing Hope Race Course

Will there be restrooms available?

Yes, restrooms will be available in the school for before and after the race.

Can I use my iPod?

To ensure a safe race, iPods and other listening device are not allowed on the race course.

Can I use a jogging stroller?

Yes, jogging strollers are allowed on the race course, but we ask that you start in the back of the race pack to ensure you do not impede other runners.

Is there parking available race day?

Yes, there is plenty of parking available at the Hughesville High School.

Do you need race day volunteers?

Absolutely!  If you are not a runner but are interested in offering your support of this run, please email the Foundation at teamkassfoundation@comcast.net.  We need help during registration, at the water station, at the finish line, at the tribute wall, etc.

Why do you use the hummingbird in your logo?

The hummingbird, a symbol of peace, love, and happiness, was Kass’s favorite bird!

 

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