St. Luke’s Palmerton Campus to Hold Annual ‘Five and Dime’ Road Race (Sponsored)

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The race begins and ends at Palmerton Borough Park in downtown Palmerton.

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The 17th annual ‘Five and Dime’ 5K/10K race begins and ends at Palmerton Borough Park in Palmerton.

St. Luke’s Palmerton Campus will hold its 17th Annual “Five and Dime” (5K/10K) Road Race and Kid’s Fun Run on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Palmerton Borough Park in Palmerton, Pa.

The event is presented by St. Luke’s Palmerton Campus Medical Staff. Michael Martinez, MD, chief of surgery at St. Luke’s Palmerton Campus, and Nancy Collins, RN, a long-time registered nurse at the campus, are the chairpersons.

“This 5K/10K is a great event and it’s amazing to see how this race has grown from 100 runners to the size it is today,” said Martinez. “We have many return runners and our 5,000 meter course is certified by the USA Track and Field, so that is a big draw for many runners in the area.” (USATF certification means that an official world record could be set on the 5K course.)

Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the St. Luke’s Mobile Dental Clinic, which provides Medicaid-eligible children from school districts in Carbon and eastern Schuylkill counties with bi-annual check-ups, cleanings and restorative services.

“We take care of our race participants because without them, we couldn’t raise the funds for the St. Luke’s Mobile Dental Van, which provides dental care to more than 2,500 students in our region,” says Collins. “It’s a program that is very important to our community.”

The day’s events will begin at 8 a.m. with check-in and registration. The 10K begins at 9 a.m., the 5K at 9:15 a.m. and the Run/Walk at 10:15 a.m., followed by the awards ceremony at approximately 10:30 a.m.

The 5K Loop will start/finish at Palmerton Borough Park at Third Street and Franklin Avenue, Palmerton. The 10K course will cross over Tank Road into the West End of Palmerton.

Registration fees are as follows:

Music and refreshments will be a part of the event.

Athletes from across the country have taken part in this annual event, which includes male and female participants in all age divisions. Awards for the races are given to the top overall male and female runners. Stethoscope awards are awarded to the top three male and female finishers in the age categories of 12 and under; 13-18; 19-29; 30-29; 40-49; 50-59; and 60 and over. There is also a team competition in which awards are given for the largest team, largest family team, fastest team and team that raises the most money.

For more information or to register for the race please visit or call 610-377-7350. Click here for the registration form.

Note: This story was contributed by St. Luke’s University Health Network. Its publication is part of a health news partnership between Saucon Source and SLUHN.

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